Dr. Chylla is the Executive Director of MSU Technologies, the technology transfer office at Michigan State University, the nation’s pioneer land grant university, leading an office of 20 professionals who manage the university’s diverse intellectual property portfolio. He has been in university technology transfer since 2008. Prior to joining MSU, Chylla served as the Director of Technology Transfer for the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan
Dr. Chylla spent the first two decades of his career in the specialty chemicals industry working in a variety of technology management, engineering, and product development roles for BASF and Johnson Polymer, including assignments in Europe as the European Technical Director, and Asia as the Global Product Development Manager. He won his company’s highest inventor award three times, developing polymer technology that achieved more than $1 billion in sales over the life of the patents.
Dr. Chylla has served on the AUTM Board of Directors since 2016 and is currently the Chair of the Board.