Wesley Huffstutter

I currently work for the University of Michigan's Office of Technology Transfer as a connector-of-sorts and a startup mentor. I lead the Catalyst Resource Network and student entrepreneurship activities at Tech Transfer. In this role I work on entrepreneurial ecosystem development and finding financial and talent resources (startup management, mentors, consultants, industry experts) to help speed U-M startups and technologies to the marketplace. I also mentor student entrepreneurs and students interested in technology commercialization.

I have helped/advised/mentored countless companies through the Tech Transfer office and my own consulting. I started my career in Austin, TX as an early employee of Intelligent Reasoning Systems (purchased by Photon Dynamics [NASDAQ:PHTN]) serving as a Researcher/Software Engineer, an Applications Engineer and finally directing the company's marketing.

I have a Bachelor's degree in computer science from DePauw University. Later I obtained two graduate degrees from Washington University in St. Louis, a Master of Engineering Management (School of Engineering and Applied Science) and an MBA (Olin Business School.) I'm an inventor on a U.S. Patent on software design (I'm actually not a big fan of software patents) and I published an article on cost reduction and process improvement in the journal "Circuits Assembly". I serve on the board of directors of Fetchnotes.

My wife is a Professor at U-M (LSA) whose research revolves around new media and television. I have 2 wonderful kids, a son named Sayre and a daughter named Calla. I have a proclivity to tinker. I like to build and make stuff. I enjoy gardening, BBQ and brewing beer.