Ann M. Hammersla, associate intellectual property counsel at MIT and former associate vice chancellor of research at the University of Illinois, has been appointed senior counsel for intellectual property, Vice President for Research Alice Gast announced.
"Ann brings 15 years of experience in the negotiation of intellectual property issues at research universities," Gast said in announcing the promotion. "I am delighted to appoint her to this position."
Hammersla, a graduate in economics at the University of Rochester, received the J.D. degree at Syracuse University.
After five years at the University of Rochester as assistant director in the office of research and project administration, she became assistant director for intellectual property and policy analysis in 1987 and initiated the university's technology transfer program. Hammersla moved to Syracuse University in 1989 to be the director of sponsored programs and technology.
Hammersla was appointed associate vice chancellor for research and director of the research and technology management office at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1998.
She was appointed MIT's associate intellectual property counsel in November 2000. She succeeds Karen Hersey, who has retired.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on October 30, 2002.