Meet the Staff
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J. Ernest Minton - Interim President
Dr. Minton was appointed as Interim President of KSURF in June, 2015. In this role, Minton works with KSURF staff in all matters associated with intellectual property coming to the Research Foundation and providing assistance with negotiation of licenses, assignments and contracts executed by the Research Foundation.
In addition to Minton’s role with KSURF, he is currently the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs for the College of Agriculture and Associate Director for Research for the Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station. He is also a Professor in the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry. Minton joined the faculty in Animal Sciences and Industry in August 1983. Prior to moving to his current role, Dr. Minton conducted research and taught graduate level courses in stress and reproductive physiology of livestock. His research focused on the role of management stressors on endocrine function in livestock and the function of adrenal hormones in adaptive responses of pigs in models of enteric disease.
Minton’s current role in the College of Agriculture and the Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station includes administrative responsibility for the research portfolio in the College. In addition, as Associate Director for Research, he manages Agricultural Experiment Station investments in research at branch stations across the state, and on campus in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Veterinary Medicine, Engineering, and Human Ecology.
Christopher D. Brandt - Interim Vice President
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Mr. Brandt joined the Kansas State University Research Foundation (KSURF) on August 31, 2015 as Interim Vice President for Technology Transfer. Chris comes to us from Mars Inc., where he was responsible for the global management of intellectual property for the company's pet care segment. He has broad experience in developing innovation and patent strategies; negotiating and managing the complexities of licensing, consulting and joint development agreements; and navigating intellectual property law. We look forward to his contributions to the continued success of K-State entrepreneurs.
Mr. Brandt holds a B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering from University of Kansas and a J.D. from Vanderbilt University.
Tresa Landis - Business Manager
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Ms. Landis joined the Kansas State University Research Foundation (KSURF) as its Business Manager in 1993. She is responsible for all financial functions of the office, including invoicing, receipt and disbursement of revenues associated with licenses; invoicing and receipt of reimbursements from licensees; and payments to vendors (law firms, patent agents, etc.) providing support to the office. She manages the office budget in support of licensing activities and works closely with licensing personnel to ensure licensee compliance with financial terms of agreements.
Ms. Landis coordinates information flow between KSURF, its board of directors and administrative committees and serves as Recording Secretary for all administrative meetings. In past years, she served as the coordinator for the annual K-State Spotlight on Intellectual Property, which honors university inventors. She has also produced internal marketing material for the campus community.
Currently, as KSURF staffing is in transition, she is assisting its President and the KSU-IC licensing team in facilitating the protection and commercialization of K-State intellectual property including engaging patent counsel and reviewing and approving agreements. In addition, she is spearheading the implementation of a comprehensive enterprise software system for the office.
Ms. Landis received her B.S. in accounting from K-State. In 1986, she began her career with the FDIC’s Division of Liquidation and also has experience in public accounting and the construction industry.
Indira Mohanty - Program Assistant
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Ms. Mohanty accepted the position of Program Assistant for Technology Transfer in July 2007. She handles aspects of the invention disclosure management and reporting process including receiving disclosures and other patent documents, entering disclosure information into databases, and ensuring that all legal and governmental regulatory intellectual property mandates are met.
She works closely with inventors, licensees and external patent counsel to facilitate correspondence and monitor patent prosecution activities. She also processes materials related to copyright and trademark prosecution.
Ms. Mohanty holds an M.S. degree in physics from Utkal University, India and an M.S. degree in computer science from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.