With a diverse background in the theory of science and technology management, Mads Dahl Gjefsen will join WiSys Technology Foundation as the organization’s newest Regional Associate. Gjefsen will use his expertise to help outreach and development efforts at UW-Green Bay, UW Oshkosh, UW-Stevens Point and the two-year UW Colleges in the northeastern part of the state.
“Technology transfer brings academic work into the public and commercial spheres,” says Gjefsen. “I am excited about the opportunity to work with faculty and help them realize this important part of the public service mission of the UW System.”
Gjefsen has a Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies, an interdisciplinary field in which scholars analyze the societal and political impacts of technological change. He also has begun making connections in the northeastern part of Wisconsin as a lecturer in the Environmental Studies Program at UW Oshkosh.
“We are delighted to have Dr. Gjefsen serve in this important role of facilitating innovation at UW Oshkosh and other comprehensive UW institutions,” says UW Oshkosh Chancellor Andrew Leavitt. “His work through WySis is critical to capitalizing on the extraordinary faculty talent present in the UW for benefit of the people of Wisconsin.”
Gjefsen will join two other Regional Associates, Kristen Ruka and Tony Hanson, in helping to bring awareness to WiSys’ services in his region and connecting faculty, staff and student researchers with available resources to help protect, further develop and commercialize their ideas.
For years Gjefsen has done research on diverse topics, from how medical science is presented in the news to the politics of climate change technology development, and he is excited to transition from theory to commercialization and management of research.
“The Regional Associate program has given WiSys a big boost in supporting faculty, staff and students who are making groundbreaking discoveries on each UW member campus. Mads will further advance these efforts at the northeastern campuses,” says WiSys Executive Director Arjun Sanga.
Gjefsen will replace Bob Wise, WiSys’ first Regional Associate, who is returning to the Biology Department at UW Oshkosh to continue his research program. Gjefsen’s appointment begins June 1.