Jim Baker

Executive Director, Innovation and Industry Engagement

James Baker, Jim, Ph.D. serves as Director of Technology and Economic Development at Michigan Technological University. Mr. Baker’s responsibilities includes handling University inventions from disclosure, through patenting, and ultimately licensing. He also works on negotiating terms for sponsored research contracts, non-disclosure agreements, material transfer agreements, and other related agreements with industrial partners and interacts regularly with the MTEC SmartZone¬†on regional economic development initiatives including establishment of start-up companies based on University technologies. Mr. Baker has been Principle or Co-Principle Investigator on more than $6 million in sponsored research, authored over 20 works in the area of chemical properties and pollution prevention, and was a delegate to a NATO Scientific and Environmental Affairs Division Workshop on Tools and Methods for Pollution Prevention in Prague, Czech Republic in 1998. He serves as Director of Aursos, Inc. Mr. Baker is a registered Patent Agent and holds a B.S. in Environmental Engineering, an M.S. in Civil Engineering and a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Michigan Technological University.