Carnegie Mellon University

Tara Branstad

Tara Branstad

Director of Technology Transfer

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


Tara is the Director of Technology Transfer at Carnegie Mellon’s Center for Technology Transfer and Enterprise Creation  (CTTEC). As the senior licensing officer, Tara oversees CTTEC’s team of licensing managers and assists CMU’s AVP for Technology Transfer and Enterprise Creation with the overall operational management of CTTEC. In addition, she currently serves as the licensing manager assigned to the National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) and the Entertainment Technology Center (ETC).

Tara came to Carnegie Mellon in October 2005 and in her time at CTTEC she has worked with faculty in all schools to facilitate partnering for technology commercialization. From 2008 - 2015, Tara was also responsible for overseeing CTTEC’s Enterprise Creation and Gap Fund Programs. 

In addition to her responsibilities at CTTEC, Tara has presented to students, faculty and technology transfer professionals on behalf of Carnegie Mellon, AUTM (Association for Technology Managers), ASTP/ Proton, NCET2 (National Council for Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer), UTEN (University Technology Enterprise Network - Portugal), USIMP (Turkey), and the U.S. Commerce Department (CLDP).

Tara is a Registered Technology Transfer Professional (RTTP). She studied at the University of Virginia (BA Biology) and the University of Pittsburgh (MHA, MBA).