|David Linger has been named CEO of UC Research Institute.|
“UCRI serves to optimize collaboration with industry—giving partners access to all the benefits of working with a research university, but through a new model that will work at the speed of doing business,” says UC President Santa Ono, PhD. “This isn’t simply a place for startups to set up shop. It’s where partners can bring ideas, and university experts can see them through in labs or in studios.
“We believe David is the right leader to achieve UCRI’s goals and drive it forward.”
Linger, an alumnus of the UC College of Engineering and Applied Science, has held leadership roles with GE Aviation since 2004, including director of technology partnerships and commercialization, manager of technology transfer and licensing, and marketing manager for repair technology and licensing. Most recently, he served as the integration leader for GE Aviation’s November acquisition of Morris Technologies, a local polymer and metal additive manufacturing technology company.
Linger earned his bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering in 1989 from West Virginia University and his master’s in aerospace engineering in 1993 through the combined UC and General Electric Advanced Course in Engineering. He has an MBA from Xavier University and is on the Cincinnati board of the Product Development Management Association (PDMA), serving as Chapter vice president and treasurer.
From 1989 to 1994, Linger served GE Aviation (then called GE Aircraft Engines) in production operations and as production design engineer, military support performance engineer, and heat transfer and fluid systems design engineer.
He has held product and business development positions with Hill-Rom in Batesville, Ind., Ferno-Washington Inc., of Wilmington, Ohio, and Cold Jet Inc., of Loveland, Ohio. Linger holds eight patents, with another one filed, and has presented and/or published his work through a number of professional societies and technical trade journals.
“I’m honored to have been chosen for this role and thankful for the confidence bestowed by President Ono and the UCRI Board of Directors,” says Linger. “UCRI is poised to drive collaboration between UC and industry. The result of these partnerships is pivotal in fueling the growth of Cincinnati and southern Ohio.”
The concept for UCRI was put forward in 2010 out of a desire by UC faculty and industry leaders to partner with the university to expedite discoveries and grow the local economy. Its creation was approved by the UC board in November 2010 and a formal business plan was approved in May 2012.
This independent nonprofit 501(c)(3) serves to connect UC experts to industry partners, facilitate commercialization of intellectual property from all of UC’s colleges and enhance cooperative and experiential learning for UC students interested in working with industry. UCRI will also be used to develop commercial centers through which faculty will provide services to local, regional and national partners. Already commercial centers in criminal justice (Criminal Justice Center) and engineering (UC Engineers) have been formed.