Tara Branstad - Associate Director - CTTEC - Carnegie Mellon University

Tara Branstad

Tara Branstad

Associate Director

Center for Technology Transfer and Enterprise Creation (CTTEC)
4615 Forbes Avenue, Suite 302
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Office: 305

Phone: 412-268-8007

Email: branstad@cmu.edu

Tara works primarily with CMU faculty in Robotics, Biomedical Engineering, Computational Biology, Computer Science, Cylab (computer security), and the Tepper School (business). Tara has worked with a variety of licensing models, including traditional commercial, open source, and new company creation. In her capacity as Associate Director of CTTEC, Tara is responsible for overseeing our Enterprise Creation (start-up) activities and managing our Gap Fund Program. She also assists the Director with administrative and finance duties.

Tara came to CMU in October 2005. She began her professional career in technology transfer at the University of Pittsburgh's Office of Technology Management. She then worked at Innovation Works, a seed stage funding and technology-based economic development organization, and as an independent consultant.  Tara is married to a serial entrepreneur and has two young children. She received her BA in Biology from the University of Virginia and her MBA/MHA in marketing and health policy and administration from the University of Pittsburgh.