Director, Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS) Program
Joseph Naft serves as Director of the Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS), a post he accepted in 2013. MIPS funds collaborative R&D projects between Maryland companies and University System of Maryland faculty. MIPS is a program of the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech) within the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland College Park.
To be sponsored by MIPS, proposed projects must show strong potential for commercialization and economic impact. These projects cover the gamut of state-of-the-art technologies in fields such as medical and biotechnologies, energy, environmental, materials, robotics, computing, and all types of engineering.
MIPS has a proven track record of success in helping companies develop many new products, resulting in substantial revenues and long-term, high-technology jobs in Maryland. In the 32 years since the program started, 451 faculty researchers have worked with 615 Maryland companies to help develop new products. These products have generated over $39.6 B in revenues and MIPS-partner companies have directly created more than 7,100 new, long-term, high-tech jobs throughout the state.
Prior to joining MIPS, Mr. Naft was Director of Information Technology for Mtech. Mr. Naft’s background also includes an entrepreneurial stint as founder of a software development firm and experience as a Lead Engineer for the Boeing Company in Seattle.
Mr. Naft holds an M.S. in Physics from Vanderbilt University, a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, and a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and a B.A. in Psychology from Case Western Reserve University.