Bringing Innovation to Life... 

The University of Texas at Arlington's Innovation & Commercialization is responsible for the protection, marketing and licensing of campus created inventions and intellectual property.


I&C is here to assist in evaluating the patentability of research, protecting academic priorities, interests and values, commercializing and licensing technologies and establishing startup companies.

Meet the I&C Team: 

Sharon Ngwenya 

Assistant Director

Courtney Torres 

Special Programs Coordinator

Jo Ramos 

Licensing Associate 

Teri Schultz  


China Lewis 

Administrative Assistant 

Justin Sierchio received BS and PhD degrees in Optical Sciences from the University of Arizona in 2006 and 2014, respectively. He then worked as a postdoctoral research associate in biomedical imaging at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 2015-2016 before relocating to the Washington, DC area. In the nation’s capital, Justin served in several federal intellectual property and technology transfer roles with the US Patent and Trademark Office, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and Department of Defense, in addition to serving as a consultant with Physics Department at Georgetown University. He joined the I&C team in June 2019 and is thrilled to be part of the UTA community. In their spare time, Justin and his wife Stephanie enjoy sightseeing, movies, and are huge Indycar fans.

Justin Sierchio 

Licensing Associate 

Hi, my name is Akhil. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology and currently I’m pursuing my master’s in Computer Science, major in Artificial Intelligence and Database Systems at UTA. I work for the Innovation and Commercialization as a Graduate Research Assistant.  

Akhil Rajender 

Graduate Research Assistant 

Sampada Samaka

Graduate Research Assistant 

Minil Swarnkar 

Graduate Research Assistant 

Nirmil Waykole 

Graduate Research Assistant 

Mission & Vision 

To serve our internal and external clients through education and collaboration, acting as a bridge to industry to make UTA technologies and innovations available to humankind. 

To be known as a facilitatior of commercialization and entrepreneurship and externally as a standard among Technlogy Transfer Offices.