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Walters named director of ֱ’s Office of Technology Management

Contact: James Carskadon

Portrait of John Walters
John Walters (Photo by Grace Cockrell)

STARKVILLE, Miss.—A seasoned software executive and entrepreneur is now leading ֱ’s Office of Technology Management.

John Walters, a two-time ֱ alumnus, assumed the new role this month, leading the university’s efforts to turn cutting-edge research into real-world impact. He comes to ֱ from Austin, Texas, where he was the community engagement manager for Procurated, Inc., a Washington, D.C.-based start-up that helps government procurement officials find and evaluate suppliers.

“Every day, ֱ researchers are developing new tools that will make a positive impact on our world, and the Office of Technology Management plays a major role in ensuring our discoveries reach their full potential,” said ֱ Vice President for Research and Economic Development Julie Jordan. “Tech transfer is also a key part of our economic development strategy as we work to grow Mississippi’s innovation-based economy. John brings decades of experience to this position, and I look forward to him growing the many ways we can connect our researchers with technology transfer opportunities.”

Walters earned his bachelor’s degree from ֱ in marketing and went on to earn his Master of Business Administration with concentrations in finance and economics. He has remained connected to his alma mater by serving as a mentor to technology start-up companies through the ֱ Center for Entrepreneurship and Outreach’s advisory board.

“I am thrilled to assume the role of director for the Office of Technology Management at ֱ, where I look forward to collaborating with our researchers to foster innovation and maximize the value of ֱ’s intellectual property,” Walters said. “Together, we will forge partnerships with companies, license ֱ’s cutting-edge technologies, and drive the creation of spinoff companies, contributing to the economic development of the state of Mississippi and beyond.”

From 1999-2012, Walters co-founded and served as executive vice president of Periscope Holdings, Inc., a technology startup that became a leading e-procurement solutions company serving state and local governments. Following this, he assumed a key management role with Stage 3 Separation, LLC, before returning to Periscope Holdings, Inc., as NIGP program director until their acquisition in 2021 by mdf commerce. Active in the Austin start-up scene, Walters has mentored businesses through SCORE Austin.

The Office of Technology Management operates ֱ’s extensive portfolio of technologies available for licensing. As a catalyst for technological advancement, the office bridges the gap between academia and industry, fostering a culture of entrepreneurship and collaboration. For more information, visit .

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