My 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).