Carnegie Mellon University
Mark Nolan leads private sector engagement efforts for Carnegie Mellon University – managing corporate relations and foundation relations teams. In this role, Mark and his corporate team serve as primary points of contact for corporations with interests in engaging/hiring students; research collaborations with faculty/research scientists; utilization of university resources to meet corporate needs; increasing corporate awareness of university Intellectual Property, university affiliated startups, and professional/continuing education programs; and addressing interests in corporate locations on/near the university campus. With 15 years of university-technology based economic development experience, Mark also works with state and local economic development agencies and government officials. Prior to joining Carnegie Mellon in February 2016, Mark was the Director of IT and Economic Development at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2006-2015), head of Economic Development and Private Sector engagement at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (2001-2006), and held various program management positions within large corporations, government contractors, and university and VC-funded startups. Mark is a two-time National Science Foundation I-Corps Program participant. He holds a BA in speech communications from West Virginia Wesleyan College and an MS, LIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.