System Office Staff Bios

Abi Barrow
Interim Executive Director

Dr. Abigail Barrow is the Interim Executive Director, Office of Technology Commercialization and Ventures (OTCV).  She joined the UMass President’s Office in 2004 as the Founding Director of the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center (MTTC) which is housed in OTCV. At OTCV she supports the campus technology transfer programs as well as assisting with start-up formation and other systemwide entrepreneurship activities at UMass. She is also responsible for the overall management of the MTTC and the development of its programs. Prior to joining UMass, Dr. Barrow served as managing director of William J. von Liebig Center at the University of California San Diego (UCSD). The von Liebig Center was created in 2001 to support the commercialization of research being performed in the UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering.
Dr. Barrow worked in a variety of roles at UCSD CONNECT from 1990 to 2001. At CONNECT, she developed and expanded many of its programs to support early-stage company formation and technology commercialization. The CONNECT program is internationally recognized and has been successfully replicated in many other regions around the world.

Dr. Barrow is on the board and is Chair of VentureWell (formerly the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance). Dr. Barrow received her Ph.D. from the Science Studies Unit and a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Edinburgh.


Michele Bernier
Commercialization Program Manager

Michele Bernier brings over 15 years of experience in engineering and higher education to OTCV . As Commercialization Program Manager, Michele works closely with the Executive Director of OTCV, Director of MTTC, and the Technology Transfer Offices of each campus. She is responsible for AUTM reporting, newsletters, and internal metric reporting as well as administering commercialization programs for UMass entrepreneurs such as MTTC’s Platform Meeting Program, and gap funding programs.
Michele graduated from the University of Massachusetts Lowell with a degree in mechanical engineering and a minor in mathematics. She holds a master’s degree in business administration from Boston College.

Fred Reinhart

Senior Advisor

Fred Reinhart is Past President of the Association of University Technology Managers, a 3,200 member international professional organization dedicated to facilitating the transfer of academic discoveries to the public through out-licensing of intellectual property to industry, creation of high-technology startup companies, and corporate collaboration.

He has over 32 years of experience as a technology transfer executive at New England Medical Center, University of Michigan and Wayne State University.  He is on the Board of Directors of the University of Iowa Research Foundation and was previously Chairman of the Michigan Biosciences Industry Association (MichBio).

Mr. Reinhart is also Senior Advisor for Technology Transfer at UMass Amherst and for the UMass system assisting on special projects and policy development.  He has been with UMass since 2010 as a consultant and was previously the UMass Amherst TTO Director.

He is a Registered Technology Transfer Professional and a graduate of the University of Michigan with an MBA degree in New Product Development.