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Laura Schultz

Assistant Professor of Nanoeconomics

Read Professor Schultz's Nanotechnology Now Column: Using Patents to Track the Development of Nanotechnology

  • Ph.D., Economics, George Washington University, Washington, DC, 2007
  • B.A., Math and Computer Science, Hood College, Frederick, MD, 1999
Areas of research:
  • Economic Impact of Emerging technologies
  • Technology Transfer
  • Entrepreneurship Policy
  • Scientific Collaboration

Description of research:

Professor Schultz is responsible for creating an entrepreneurial environment that fosters the transfer of university technologies into the market place. She teaches courses on the principles of innovation management and technology commercialization and has mentored over 30 technical teams as they explored the commercial potential for their technologies. This includes teaching budding entrepreneurs to effectively communicate their complex technical ideas to investors and stakeholders; helping them get valuable feedback from potential customers; assisting them in conducting market research; and developing strategies for commercialization. Professor Schultz is co-organizer of SUNY Poly’s internal business plan competition, TECH-VIP, and the New York State Business Plan Competition that has given thousands of students opportunities to gain value feedback and experience.

Professor Schultz’s research studies the pathways advanced technologies follow from the laboratories to the market place. While at NIST her research focused on building materials and systems. As a faculty member at SUNY Poly she has studied on the development and advancement of technologies in the areas of biotechnology, electronics, energy generation, and energy storage. In her recent work she worked with a team of engineers to interview hundreds of technical experts to gain an understanding of the benefits offered by their work and the challenges they face in commercialization. She has also examined the impacts of university and state policies relating to technology transfer and economic development.


The role of formal and informal university policies play in encouraging university entrepreneurship. Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship, 1, 92-103 (2014).

Tracing the ultracapacitor commercialization pathway, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 39, 1119-1126 (2014). With N. Querques

Measuring the activities of collaborative research centers, Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Science and Technology Indicators, Montreal: Science-Metrix and OST. Volume 2, 743-755 (2012).

Nanotechnology’s triple helix: a case study of the University of Albany’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, Journal of Technology Transfer, 36, 546-564 (2011). 

Methods for identifying emerging General Purpose Technologies: a case study of nanotechnologies, Scientometrics, 85, 155-170 (2010). With F. Joutz

BEA/NSF R&D Satellite Account: Preliminary Estimates, with S. Okubo, C. Robbins, C. Moylan, B.Sliker, L. Mataloni, Survey of Current Business, December 2006.

Honors and Awards:

Rockefeller Institute of Government Faculty Fellow

Business Review 40 under 40

Department of Commerce Bronze Medal

NIST/BFRL Communicator Award