Rochelle R. Blaustein, JD ’93
Chair, Dean's Advisory Council
Senior Advisor for Technology Transfer
US Department of Energy
Rochelle Blaustein is an Innovation Strategist, applying her passions and decades of experience in intellectual property, technology transfer and policy to innovation and commercialization strategies for business, academics, not-for-profits and governments. Her background in private law practice, concentrating in intellectual property and business primarily for small and start-up companies, together with experience teaching government officials and attorneys from over 35 countries as well as traditional law students, ignites a passion in her for the entrepreneurial, an understanding of the global and collaborative nature of technological advancement and a desire to bring that excitement to students who will serve as our leaders in the not-too-distant future.
As Senior Advisor for Technology Transfer at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), she focused on strategic efforts for accelerating innovation in a broad spectrum of scientific and technological fields, and on access to federal technology for commercialization. She was recognized for her leadership in guiding the adoption of the first new tech transfer mechanism at the Department of Energy in 25 years. She was engaged in science and technology policy generally and in innovation policy most specifically.
Until 2009, she served as Director of Technology Transfer and Development at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) where she established the Institute’s technology transfer and development program, and engaged in trans-NIH policy initiatives. In 2008, she was honored with the NIH Director’s Award for her leadership.
Prior to joining the NIH, Rochelle was in private law practice, concentrating in intellectual property and business law, primarily for entrepreneurial clients. Rochelle has been honored with the Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating of “AV,” indicating the highest level of professional excellence and ethical standards. During her later years in law practice, she served as subject matter expert for the National Technology Transfer Center, creating and delivering courses to a diverse NASA audience.
Prior to her move to the Washington DC area, Rochelle was an Assistant Clinical Professor of Law at the Franklin Pierce Law Center (now known as the University of New Hampshire School of Law), where she taught government officials and attorneys from over 35 countries, as well as traditional law students. In addition to teaching intellectual property law, she is a trained, experienced mediator, and has taught mediation skills, and negotiation skills to educators, military officers, human resources managers, law students and executives.
Rochelle holds a law degree from Franklin Pierce Law Center and a bachelor’s degree from Yale University. While a student at Yale, she received laboratory training in human gene mapping and clinical cytogenetics at the Yale School of Medicine.
She continues to speak, lecture, and write on topics relating to commercialization of federal technologies, innovation models and entrepreneurship.