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Meet our team

The Office of Entrepreneurship & Technology Transfer is led by a team of seasoned professionals in entrepreneurship and technology transfer.

Eric R. Fossum
Associate Provost, Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer 

The Associate Provost for Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer, Dr. Eric R. Fossum, is best known for the invention of the CMOS image sensor “camera-on-a-chip” used in billions of cameras, from smart phones to web cameras to pill cameras and many other applications.  He is a solid-state image sensor device physicist and engineer, and his career has included academic and government research, and entrepreneurial leadership.  He has been a professor with the Thayer School of Engineering since 2010, where he teaches, performs research, and directs the School’s Ph.D. Innovation Program. 
Born and raised in Connecticut, he received his B.S. in Physics and Engineering from Trinity College in Hartford and his Ph.D. in Engineering and Applied Science from Yale University. He was a member of Columbia University’s Electrical Engineering faculty and then joined the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology. While at JPL, he invented the CMOS active pixel sensor (APS) camera-on-a-chip technology (aka CMOS image sensor) and led its development and subsequent transfer of the technology to US industry.  Dr. Fossum co-founded Photobit Corporation to commercialize the technology and served in several top management roles including Chairman and CEO. He was then Chairman and CEO of Siimpel Corporation developing MEMS-based camera modules with autofocus and shutter functions for cell phones and later served as a consultant with Samsung Electronics before joining Dartmouth.
Honors include induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, election to the National Academy of Engineering and selection as a Charter Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal, the IEEE Andrew Grove Award, the Royal Photographic Society's Progress Medal, the SMPTE Camera Origination and Imaging Medal, Yale’s Wilbur Cross Medal and the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award. He was recently appointed as an AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassador.

Nila Bhakuni
Director, Technology Transfer

Nila Bhakuni has been the Director of Technology Transfer at Dartmouth College since July of 2015. Prior to that she was the Director of Technology Transfer at Rice University for 10 years, growing the office and serving as Interim, Director of Sponsored Research and building and leading an industrial contracts team. She had progressive responsibility at Harvard and Carnegie Mellon in technology transfer.

Prior to joining Carnegie Mellon, Nila spent 10 years working in several different areas at Alcoa's Technical Center. She worked in the Manufacturing Systems and Equipment Analysis Center (MSEA) and the Rigid Packaging Division received an Alcoa Merit Award for Team Performance for a joint venture team with Kobe, a Japanese steel company.

Nila has been very active in the Licensing Executives Society where she has served as a speaker, Chair of Nanotechnology in the High Tech Sector, Chair-Elect of the Chemicals, Materials, and Energy Sector, and as a member of the Board of Trustees.

Originally from Akron, Ohio, Nila has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Akron, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Ohio State University, and an MSIA (MBA) from Carnegie Mellon University's Graduate School of Industrial Administration.

Jamie Coughlin
Director, Magnuson Center for Entrepreneurship

Jamie Coughlin is the Director of the Magnuson Center for Entrepreneurship at Dartmouth College. He oversees the development of entrepreneurial programming and the growth of new venture creation and incubation through the greater Dartmouth Entrepreneurial community for students, faculty, staff and alumni. Previously, Jamie was the CEO and Entrepreneur in Residence of the abi Innovation Hub, NH's oldest business incubator.  In the process, Jamie was awarded NHBR's 2012 "Business Excellence" Award as NH's most innovative non-profit leader, the President of the NH Business Incubator Network, as well as recognized as a 2013 NH Union Leader's "40 Under Forty" recipient.  

Jamie serves as the past immediate Chair and Board Member of the International Business Innovation Association (formerly the National Business Incubation Association), the world’s leading organization advancing business incubation and entrepreneurship serving 2,200 members worldwide.  

As an entrepreneur, Jamie has founded and managed a variety of ventures, including an edutech solution focused around audience response systems and an online funding platform for the social venture market. A New Hampshire native, Jamie received his BA from Princeton University.