Team

Jennifer Boyle-Lynch

Interim Co-Director

Jennifer is the Interim Co-Director of Northeastern’s Center for Research Innovation where she is responsible for formulating the vision and executing the mission of the CRI. By merging her extensive experience in business and academia with a passion for generating real-world solutions, Jennifer facilitates the movement of Northeastern’s use-inspired research from lab to living room. Overseeing CRI programs that educate faculty, accelerate technological development, and spur venture creation, Jennifer stresses operational excellence and the cultivation of enduring relationships between industry leaders and the Northeastern community that catalyze local and global impact.  

Prior to becoming Co-Director, Jennifer served as the CRI’s Director of Finance and Operations. Before joining Northeastern in 2010, she worked in the field of Sponsored Research as the International Project Coordinator at Harvard School of Public Health. Her entrepreneurial spirit found expression in Nu-Print, the company she founded and presided over for 14 years before venturing into higher education.

In 2017, Jennifer was the recipient of Northeastern’s prestigious “Outstanding Service Award,” in recognition of her compelling leadership and dedication to innovation.

Joel Bresler

Technology Portfolio Director

Joel Bresler is an accomplished executive and entrepreneur with exceptional experience leading corporations and new ventures in business development and general management. Key past accomplishments include business development for best-selling electronic media and software products. Joel co-founded two firms sold to public companies, including one to Microsoft.

He is currently the Technology Portfolio Director at Northeastern University, where he manages inventor relations and spin-out business development activities for the Center for Research Innovation. He works with start-ups and corporations to license the University’s inventions – and sponsor research – in nanotechnology, medical devices, cleantech, robotics, catalysts, Homeland Security, advanced materials and the life sciences.

Joel received a B.A. from Tufts University and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.

Andy Curtin

Interim Co-Director

Andy has over 13 years of intellectual property and litigation experience, covering technologies such as automatic speech recognition, natural language processing, networking and telecommunications, computer vision, and machine learning.  Prior to joining Northeastern, Andy served as Senior IP Counsel for the Enterprise and Imaging divisions of Nuance Communications, where he managed the patent procurement process for each division from invention harvesting to end-of-life, performed M&A due diligence for both corporate and IP portfolio acquisitions, and negotiated 3rd party technology in-licenses and joint research agreements with both academic and industrial partners.  He held positions as Senior Patent Counsel at 3Com Corporation, as well as Patent Counsel at Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs.

Andy earned his B.S. in Marine Engineering from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in 1990 and his JD from Suffolk University Law School in 1997. Between 1990 and 1999 when not attending law school, Andy served as an engineering officer aboard US flagged merchant ships engaged in worldwide trade.

Rhonda Kivlin

Intellectual Property Administrator

Rhonda facilitates the protection of Northeastern’s intellectual property assets through invention disclosure to patent prosecution and licensing. She manages the patent docket, working closely with inventors and outside counsel to ensure that all deadlines are met, and oversees the University’s compliance with government reporting in regards to federally funded inventions.

Prior to joining CRI, Rhonda held positions at Babson College and Lasell College, as well as ran her own business as a manufacturer’s sales representative. She is pursuing a Masters in Legal Studies here at Northeastern, and holds a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Southern Indiana.

Nikole Lynch

Program Coordinator

Nikole coordinates the CRI’s signature program, RISE, Northeastern’s Research, Innovation and Scholarship Expo. She oversees and contributes to the smooth execution of RISE by managing logistics, corresponding with vendors, securing venues, and publicizing and promoting this campus-wide event. Importantly, Nikole ensures that participants and attendees are empowered to take full advantage of the many opportunities available at RISE.

Prior to becoming Program Coordinator, Nikole was the Administrative Coordinator for the Center for Research Innovation, where she proficiently assisted with the daily activities of the CRI while also supervising critical event logistics and coordinating pertinent social media campaigns.

Nikole graduated from American International College in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business.

Jacqui Mitchell

Finance & Technical Administrator

Jacqui Mitchell proficiently supports the overall management, operational integrity, and recording accuracy of Northeastern’s intellectual property licenses. She maintains the daily financial transactions of CRI ensuring accurate account records and reconciliation of the budget. In addition, she manages the CRI’s technical infrastructure, including the Intellectual Property database and CRI’s proprietary software.

Prior to joining the CRI, Jacqui was a charismatic environmental science educator for a number of New England nonprofit organizations. She received a B.A in Environmental Science and M.A. in Biology from Clark University.

Mark Saulich

Associate Director, Commercialization

Mark Saulich has spent the past 15 years focused on open innovation and technology commercialization. He has assisted entities ranging from Fortune 1000 companies to startups, in sourcing external innovations, as well as in out-licensing their own intellectual property. At the Center for Research Innovation, Mark is focused on helping take Northeastern research from lab to market. In moving beyond traditional one-off license models and forging long term, collaborative partnerships with industry, he seeks to create greater value for both sides. Prior to joining the Center for Research Innovation, Mark spent several years at yet2.com, a technology transfer intermediary, assisting companies with technology scouting and licensing.

Kim Shea

Colin Sullivan

Colin is a Northeastern alum, spin-out founder and CRI commercialization consultant. He earned his degree in Computer Engineering from the College of Engineering in 2014 and has over 5 years of technology transfer experience. In his role at the CRI, Colin works with faculty to determine the commercialization strategy for on-campus inventions and generates interest from industry in sponsored research and intellectual property licensing. Colin also contributes to strategic initiatives such as Pathways to Partnership, GapFund360, and RISE.

Brice Tennant

Marketing and Program Manager

As the CRI’s Marketing and Program Manager, Brice is responsible for communicating the value of Northeastern’s use-inspired technologies and operationalizing programs that connect R&D executives with Northeastern innovators in order to stimulate collaborative research and licensing opportunities.

Prior to joining the CRI team, Brice was the founder and CEO of International English Group, a boutique firm catering to the educational needs of international professionals. Brice holds two advanced degrees in philosophy and history from Boston University and George Fox University.

Ted Werth

Director, Entrepreneurship

Ted brings a wealth of innovative experience to Northeastern. As a serial entrepreneur, CEO and board member, he has an extensive background in leading and growing businesses such as PlumChoice, a leading national remote services company. As a mentor, he has worked with over 40 companies spanning IOT, digital health, and services industries, through mentoring services at MIT, BU and Northeastern. He worked for the MIT Venture Mentoring Service (VMS) as part of their entrepreneurial ecosystem, matching ventures with mentors. As an investor, Ted has been active in area investment groups through Launchpad and Hub Angels.

Ted comes to us from Boston University, where he serves as an adjunct professor for engineering, and teaches a credit course on Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Ted received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University, and an MBA from Northeastern University. He is a lifelong advocate of creative thinking at all levels of education, and of connecting community, investors, employees, customers and industry partners to create impact through entrepreneurial efforts.

As Director of Entrepreneurship, Ted will oversee the Center for Research Innovation (CRI), and develop programming focused on assisting faculty and staff commercialize their research. Ted will report directly to the Provost.

Nina Wilt

Assistant Director Intellectual Property & Contracts Counsel

Nina is the Assistant Director of Intellectual Property and Contracts Counsel for the Center for Research Innovation. In this role, Nina guides Northeastern inventors through a broad range of issues and compliance requirements related to research and the protection, acceleration, and commercialization of Northeastern intellectual property (IP). Nina further supports the mission of the CRI by representing the university during negotiation of agreements connected to Northeastern technologies, overseeing the management of IP assets, protecting and enforcing the rights of inventors and the university, and implementing educational programs and policies across Northeastern.

Prior to joining the CRI, Nina worked at Harvard Medical School as part of a contracts group helping faculty and administrators resolve issues in sponsored research and research compliance. Following Harvard, she focused on corporate collaborations and agreements working with senior leadership, business leads, and technical experts within the commercial programs area of Draper. Her most recent role as the Senior Negotiator and Industry Portfolio Manager was within Northeastern’s own Research Enterprise Services. Nina earned a B.A. from Georgetown University and a J.D. from the Syracuse University College of Law.