Research Communications

Vice President for Research announces staffing changes 

Jan. 12, 2011

Vice President for Research Rathindra Bose announces key staffing changes in the areas of technology transfer and strategic project management.

Bob Silva
Bob Silva.

Bob Silva has been named interim director of the Technology Transfer Office, effective Jan. 18. Silva recently joined Ohio University as associate director for technology transfer, after serving for 10 years as technology commercialization manager for Battelle/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Washington. He has extensive experience in energy, alternative energy, energy efficiency, energy storage, electrochemistry, carbon management, microtechnology, information technology and bioscience issues.

Silva replaces Director Bryan Allinson, who has resigned to accept the position of executive director of technology commercialization with The University of Texas System.

Silva will be responsible for working with Ohio University faculty and staff to identify new technologies that have market potential, will manage the university’s patent portfolio and submission process, and will seek partnerships with companies interested in licensing university technologies.

Ohio University currently has a portfolio of 88 patents and annual royalty income of $8.2 million.

David Wight
David Wight.

In addition to the changes in the Technology Transfer Office, Bose announces that David Wight has been promoted to the position of interim associate vice president for research. Wight has served as director of the Edison Biotechnology Institute since 1995 and handled interim management of the Technology Transfer Office from 2009-2010. In his new role, Wight coordinates the university’s internal awards program, assists with management of the division’s technology commercialization and economic development initiatives, helps coordinate campus grant writing and development activities, and will manage other strategic projects for the Office of the Vice President for Research.

“I’m delighted to have David Wight and Bob Silva working closely with me to manage these essential initiatives of the research division. These individuals bring a wealth of experience, skill and enthusiasm to Ohio University, and will help us advance the institution’s research administration, technology commercialization and economic development efforts,” Bose said.

Contacts: Bob Silva: (740) 593-0976,; David Wight: (740) 593-4713,