CLEMSON — The Clemson University Research Foundation (CURF) has named Catherine “Casey” Porto as its executive director. Porto comes to the foundation from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory where she was a senior vice president.

Porto earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. She has held positions overseeing technology transfer at Carnegie Mellon University, Case Western Reserve University and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. She has served on the board of directors for Carnegie Learning Inc., Carnegie Technology Education, ChromoDynamics Inc. and the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship.

“Casey Porto is very experienced in developing and commercializing university technology,” said Vice President for Research Gerald Sonnenfeld. “She will direct the already excellent CURF staff in moving forward Clemson University's plans for commercialization of our novel discoveries for the benefit of South Carolina.”

The Clemson University Research Foundation is a 501(c)(3) corporation founded in 1986 to support research and business incubation at Clemson University. The foundation is organized exclusively for charitable, educational or scientific purposes to promote the research enterprise at Clemson University.

Through an agency agreement with the university, the foundation is commercializing intellectual property through technology transfer; licensing agreements and new venture formations; and assisting in developing a strong research infrastructure through development and management of research properties, development of technology maturation and early-stage research grants and participation in sponsored research activities.

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