Kate Rodriguez, Ph.D., is a Licensing Associate at the USC Stevens Center for Innovation. Before joining the Stevens Center, she was a graduate student at the University of California, Irvine, in the Chemical and Materials Physics program in the Apkarian Lab at the Center for Chemistry at the Space-Time Limit (CaSTL), a multi-institutional National Science Foundation Center for Chemical Innovation. Her research was heavily multidisciplinary and gave her hands-on training in fields ranging from optics and photonics to quantum mechanics and electrical engineering.
During her tenure as a graduate student, she served for nearly three years as a technology transfer intern in the Invention Transfer Group at UCI’s Applied Innovation Center. There, she assisted in the technological and market assessment of university-based intellectual property, working closely with both inventors and Licensing Associates.
Rodriguez earned a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Washington and Jefferson College, and a Master of Science and Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from UC Irvine.