Ken Nisbet, MBA, is Associate Vice President for Research–Technology Transfer in the Office of the Vice President for Research at the University of Michigan. Since 2001 the University of Michigan has achieved substantial growth in tech transfer performance and established a reputation as one of the leading tech transfer offices in the nation. Under Ken's leadership, several University programs were created to accelerate technology commercialization and economic development, including the Venture Center, the Catalyst Resource Network, the Mentors-in-Residence program and TechStart internships. Ken formed U-M Tech Transfer's National Advisory Board (NAB) to provide guidance from leaders in industry, government and the venture community. Advice from the NAB lead to the formation of Ann Arbor SPARK, a highly effective regional economic development organization that Ken helped to create.
Prior to coming to the University of Michigan, Ken had over twenty years of experience in the commercial sector within engineering, finance, marketing and management roles at Ford Motor Company, Digital Equipment Corporation (now HP) and Nortel. Ken also was a co-founder and president of Memorybank, Incorporated, a storage systems provider, and was also a director responsible for business start-ups at Trinova's (now Eaton) Corporate Technology Laboratory in Ann Arbor.
Ken holds a BSME and a MBA, both from the University of Michigan and is active in community activities, including past and current leadership positions within Ann Arbor SPARK, New Enterprise Forum, Great Lakes Entrepreneur's Quest, the IT Zone and Wireless Washtenaw, as well as regional and national organizations.
Ken has served as a consultant on a variety of CHCR projects.