Our Team

WSU Ventures is a team of multi-disciplinary professionals dedicated to the business of industry-university collaborations, commercialization of intellectual property and entrepreneurship at Wichita State University. Our goal is to create new products, businesses and jobs that improve the quality of life for Kansas and beyond.  

 

Mark Torline

Mark Torline, M.B.A.
Director

Mark serves as director of both WSU Ventures and Wichita State’s Center for Entrepreneurship. He is an investment management firm executive with demonstrated success in both start-up entrepreneurial and large corporate settings. He founded and served as CEO of Allegiance Capital. After selling that firm, he served as an officer of the successor company, Macquarie Allegiance Capital, and of Trilinc Global. Torline has a B.A. in marketing from Wichita State and an MBA in finance from Northwestern University.

Phone: (316) 978-7607      Email     LinkedIn Profile

Rob Gerlach 
Rob Gerlach
Director of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer
 

Rob is the Director of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer at Wichita State University.  He is tasked with protecting the University’s intellectual property, facilitating technology development, and transferring innovation from the University to the marketplace, where its true potential can be realized by customers and end-users.  Rob believes that building relationships with industry partners is a key component to successfully transferring technology into the commercial marketplace through collaboration agreements or licensing negotiations, and doing so in a way that creates value for all parties involved.  Prior to joining WSU Ventures in 2018, he was a patent attorney at Thompson Coburn LLP and previously at Patterson + Sheridan, where he dealt heavily with patent prosecution, litigation, and inter partes review (IPR).  Rob received his B.S., magna cum laude in Mechanical Engineering from Wichita State University in 2011.  He then went on to St. Louis University School of Law, where he became a registered patent agent in 2012 before obtaining his J.D., magna cum laude, with a concentration in Intellectual Property Law.

Phone: (316) 978-6980      Email     LinkedIn Profile
 Sierra Bonn
Sierra Bonn
Technology Analyst, Marketing
 

Sierra is the marketing student for WSU Ventures’ Technology Analyst Team. In addition to assessing, evaluating, and managing the wide-range of technology and intellectual property developed at the University, Sierra also manages the marketing channels and coordinates public relations. Her current goals include completing a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and advocating for STEAM (science, tech, engineering, arts, and math) education and engagement. 

Phone: (316) 978-5812      Email     LinkedIn Profile
 Emmalie Gulledge
Emmalie Gulledge
Technology Analyst, Legal
 

Emmalie, a senior in Biomedical Engineering at WSU, works as the legal assistant at WSU Ventures to help advance intellectual property and trademarks through the legal process. Once Emmalie completes her undergraduate degree, she will prepare for the patent bar exam while she pursues a masters degree in Electrical Engineering. Once she completes her masters degree, she plans on attending law school for patent law.

Phone: (316) 978-5812      Email     LinkedIn Profile

Alan Goodnight 

Alan Goodnight, M.B.A.
Director of Strategic Investments

 

Alan is the Director of Strategic Investments for WSU Ventures. He is a highly accomplished, entrepreneurial executive with 20 plus years of success in creating value, financial best practices and revenue growth within the technology and manufacturing industries. For the past five years Alan has worked as an independent consultant, providing turnaround, financial and business development solutions to leading companies both large and small. Alan is viewed as an expert with early-stage companies and managing turnarounds with full P&L responsibility.

Phone: (316) 285-3456      Email
Tracee Friess 

Tracee Friess
Director of Communication

Tracee leads communication and publicity initiatives for WSU Ventures, and is the Director of Communication and Special Programs for Wichita State University’s Office of Research and Technology Transfer and National Institute for Aviation Research. She has more than ten years of experience in communications; specializing in public relations, news and copywriting, event planning, advertising and social media. She is adept at grasping complex technical details and communicating them to a broad audience. Her industry experience and knowledge of university resources allow her to skillfully navigate both arenas.

Phone: (316) 978-5597     Email     LinkedIn Profile