Frank Razavi, Director-Business Development, Office of Technology Commercialization. Razavi will serve Purdue University through the commercialization, protection, marketing and licensing of the university’s intellectual property. He is responsible for negotiating licensing agreements and for providing guidance to university faculty and researchers. Razavi will oversee intellectual property licensing within the electrical and biomedical engineering sector of Purdue’s portfolio.
Prior to joining Purdue, Razavi managed and provided worldwide prosecution support for Eastman Kodak’s digital patent and hardware portion of inkjet portfolio. He has more than 15 years of industry experience in a R&D and consumer product environment and is skilled in all matters pertaining to patent procurement and lifecycle management. Razavi has first-hand experience in managing complex projects and delivering results through competitive analysis, technology development and intellectual property licensing. While at Kodak he served as the liaison between Lexmark and Kodak’s inkjet division, where he helped guide cross-functional teams to productivity.
Razavi taught a variety of lecture and lab courses in electrical technology, physics and mathematics at Rochester Institute of Technology, Monroe Community College and Finger Lake Community College, where he initiated and established the internship and co-op programs for electrical and computer technology students with local industry.
Razavi holds a master's degree in electrical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, bachelor's degree in electrical and computer engineering and a minor in applied mathematics from the University of Buffalo.
What is one invention that you couldn't live without?
One invention that I couldn’t live without is the smartphone because it allows the user to easily access massive amounts of information while on the go.
Other than safety and fuel efficiency, what is one aspect that you will not compromise on when searching for a new car?
Comfort. Without comfort one cannot enjoy the luxurious features of 21st century vehicles.
Who has been the most influential person in your life?
If you could go back in time to have dinner with one person, who would that be?