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Leadership & Technology Managers
Nathan Hoffmann

Nathan Hoffmann joined the office as a technology manager in 2008, taking on the responsibilities of assistant director in 2013, and more recently, associate director. He manages a portfolio of engineering technologies, with a focus on material science. Included in his portfolio are the innovations emerging from the Rogers research group, which have spun out four new ventures.

Prior to joining the Office of Technology Management, Hoffmann was a training specialist in the Cybersecurity Directorate at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). He is a United States Navy Veteran and served as a Nuclear Submarine Warfare Officer for seven years.

Hoffmann is a member of the Association of University Technology Managers and the Licensing Executives Society. He has spoken at professional meetings and has served on special committees focused on improving the efficiency of transactions across academic institutions.

He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering, an MS in Systems and Entrepreneurial Engineering, and an MBA, all from the University of Illinois.

Brad Edwards
Senior Technology Manager

Brad Edwards joined the OTM in 2007 as a patent coordinator and joined the Technology Manager team in 2012. Prior to joining the OTM, Brad served as a senior chemist and patent coordinator at Chemtura Corporation. He is a named inventor on six U.S. patents and is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Brad's portfolio focus is agricultural, animal and crop sciences, food science and human nutrition, and veterinary medicine.
(217) 244-6453

Svetlana Sowers, Ph.D.
Senior Technology Manager

Dr. Svetlana Sowers brings to OTM 15 years of software development and management experience from both Fortune 500 and start-up companies. At Yahoo!, Svetlana led multiple projects and cross-functional teams to define and deliver products in the areas of cloud computing, data mining, and data pipeline processing.  While at Motorola Mobile Devices, Svetlana ran a USB lab, driving interoperability testing with phone carriers, and managing a team of 30+ local and global engineers.

Svetlana's portfolio focus is software and copyright.

Jeff Wallace
Senior Technology Manager

Jeff Wallace comes to the Office of Technology Management with more than 20 years of experience in intellectual property management and technical sales and marketing. Jeff worked in the industrial gas business where he was focused on developing and bringing new technology solutions to customers within the automotive, chemical, electronics, food and beverage, healthcare, metals and pharmaceutical markets.  

Jeff's portfolio focus is engineering.

Maria Jaromin
Assistant Technology Manager

Maria Jaromin comes to OTM with experience as a researcher and in business and technical consulting, in addition to experience collaborating with government agencies, Fortune 500 companies, and more than 10 EU research institutions. Before her current position, Maria worked at a startup company in Italy, at the Applied Research Institute, and as a commercialization analyst at OTM. Maria holds a bachelors and a master’s degree in power engineering from the Silesian University of Technology in Gliwice, Poland; a licentiate of engineering in energy technology from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden; and an MBA from the University of Illinois.

Maria’s portfolio focus is engineering and physical sciences.

Professional Staff
Gregg Banninger
Patent Coordinator
Jeannine "Nene" Corlas
Account Tech 1 
(217) 300-2763

Todd Creason
Business Manager
Tracy Hunter
Patent Office Manager
(217) 333-0793

Eric Ives
Patent Coordinator
Heather Jones
Assistant to the Director & Office Administrator
Nicole Nair
Assistant Director for Marketing & Communications
Greg Nau
Assistant Director, Finance & Compliance
Liz Schleef
Chief Clerk
(217) 300-2625

Donna Wilm
Legal Office Manager
Aditi Banerjee
Commercialization Analyst
Maria Jaromin
Commercialization Analyst
Michael Kim Jo
Commercialization Analyst
Nikhil Khatri
Commercialization Analyst
Mariana Lencina
Commercialization Analyst
Julie Losch
Commercialization Analyst
Greg Miner
Lead Commercialization Analyst
Chris Monaco
Commercialization Analyst
Jackie Thompson
Commercialization Analyst