Bio

melba2_smallerMy name is Melba Kurman.  I write and speak about technology and its impact on our daily lives and economy. I have authored three books and several articles about various technologies, including driverless cars and artificial intelligence, 3D printing, entrepreneurship, and commercializing university R&D.  (For full details, download my resume.)

My newest book, Driverless:  Intelligent cars and the road ahead, is about how self-driving cars will change our lives; the book also provides non-experts a lucid introduction to the artificial intelligence software that will eventually take the wheel.  My second book on 3D printing, Fabricated: the New World of 3D Printing, has been translated into seven languages and has sold more than 250,000 copies worldwide.  My third book, Tech Transfer 2.0: How universities can unlock their patent portfolios and create more tech startups, is a collection of essays from my now-retired blog, Tech Transfer 2.0.  I’ve written several articles and commissioned reports on innovative technologies.

In the past, I worked as a product manager and industry analyst at Microsoft and spent a few years marketing Cornell University’s patent portfolio to the commercial marketplace.  I founded Triple Helix Innovation to help universities and companies create better technology commercialization strategy.

I love to speak to live audiences. Whenever I get the chance, I give talks about innovative technology, 3D printing, or university technology commercialization.

I am a graduate of Cornell University, the University of Illinois and the U.S. Peace Corps (Liberia, West Africa).

To see more details, download my resume.  See my recent books, articles and talks and interviews.  Follow me on twitter @melbakurman