Weber Returns to Private Sector and Retirement
December 8, 2003
University Park, Pa. -- Dr. Gary Weber, Penn State associate vice president for research and director of technology transfer in the Office of the Vice President for Research, leaves the University Jan. 5, 2004 to return to the private sector and retirement.
Dr. Ronald J. Huss, director of the Intellectual Property Office, will serve as interim director of technology transfer, effective January 1.
Weber, who joined Penn State four years ago, plans to remain in State College and will serve on boards of directors, do private business consulting and participate in regional start-ups and a local angel network.
Before joining Penn State, Weber was senior vice president, science and technology, at PPG Industries where he led all science and technology for the company, including five laboratories, serving automotive, chemical, fiberglass, coatings, pharmaceutical and architectural businesses.
Weber retired from PPG but quips, "I was unsuccessful at retirement before and signed up to help out at my alma mater. So, I am uncertain about calling this move a retirement."
During his tenure at Penn State, Weber shepherded the University's technology transfer effort to new heights. Earlier this year, the United States Patent and Trademark Office recognized Penn State for being one of the top ten patent recipients in the nation. The 175 percent increase in patents over the last five years is the highest among all universities and caused the University's technological strength ranking to soar. The increase in patents coupled with their relevance sent Penn State's technological strength ranking up from 31st to 14th in the nation and first in Pennsylvania according to data analyzed by CHI Research and reported this month MIT Technology Review.
Under Weber's watch, the University also saw its first publicly-traded faculty start-up company reach nearly $20 million in capitalization, the first $1million-plus licensing fee and a seven-fold increase in equity deals.
Dr. Eva J. Pell, vice president for research, says, "We owe Gary an enormous debt of gratitude for his contributions to moving forward all aspects of technology transfer at Penn State."
Weber was also instrumental in developing new guidelines on student intellectual property rights, faculty consulting, courseware, and streamlining intellectual property processes. He created the University Patent Review Committee, which led to a cost-effective modus operandi and revenue increases of 30 percent.
He earned his bachelor's degree in ceramic technology at Penn State in 1965 and his doctorate in ceramic science in 1974. He was honored as Penn State Centennial Fellow in 1996 and as an alumni fellow in 1998. He held Navy ROTC and PPG scholarships while he was an undergraduate and served in the U.S. Naval Nuclear Submarine Service after graduation before returning to the University for his Ph.D.