Carl A. Rust is a Senior Director in the Office of Industry Collaboration at the Georgia Institute of Technology where he is responsible for pursuing industry collaboration, entrepreneurship, commercialization, and economic development. He is responsible for leading the development of strategic relationships with industry sponsors, and directs others in conducting such efforts, especially in pursuit major initiatives by the Interdisciplinary Research Institutes, colleges and, schools. He helps develop strategies for expansion of Tech’s innovation collaboration efforts with industry, specifically focusing on building relationships with co-located innovation centers. Between his tenure at both Georgia Tech and the University of Maryland, Rust has accumulated more than 24 years of experience in industry-university partnerships, technology transfer, new business development, commercialization, innovation-led economic development.