David Dickson

Degree: MS Biological & Ecological Engineering

Graduation Year: 2011

Current Occupation:

Intellectual Property & Licensing Manager, Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development, Oregon State University.


Began my current position in August 2013

How did OSU prepare you for your job?:

My path after finishing my PhD was a little unconventional, but my graduate program provided excellent preparation for my current position. My advisor, Roger Ely, allowed me the flexibility to explore a number of topics in my graduate coursework, encouraged the sort of critical thinking that's essential for my current position, and even took me to a week long intensive course on commercializing research. I also submitted an invention disclosure as a graduate student, which provided the first glimpse of the profession I have recently joined.

Favorite Memory from OSU:

Successfully defending my PhD with my parents in the audience to witness.

Advice to current students:

Be mindful of the broad transferable skills you develop with an engineering degree and keep your mind open to many possibilities when it comes to career paths. The options may pleasantly surprise you!


Photobiological hydrogen production from the cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 encapsulated in sol-gel processed silica