Michigan Technological University
As Director of Industry Relations at Michigan Tech, Brent Burns serves as the primary point of contact for any general or strategic industry inquiries and is responsible for leading the connection of the interests from companies with appropriate campus initiatives/constituents. Mr. Burns is a past Board Member of the Network of Academic Corporate Relations Officers (NACRO) and has presented best practices at a variety of professional development conferences for university corporate relations officers. In addition to directing industry relations, Mr. Burns also leads the University’s federal relations efforts, working with elected officials and leaders in Washington D.C. to advocate for the University’s interests in both education and research. Prior to Michigan Tech, he served as a Systems Engineer for General Dynamics Land Systems and has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech, Masters of Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is currently pursuing his PhD in Environmental and Energy Policy from Michigan Tech.