Sherylle Mills-Englander is being recognized by the Pacific Coast Business Times as one of 2016’s Top 50 Women in Business on April 14

A Woman's Business

From flute major to technology transfer maven, Sherylle Mills Englander is recognized for her contributions to local business
Friday, April 1, 2016 - 16:45
Santa Barbara, CA

What does a degree in flute performance have to do with the successful licensing of the technology of a top-tier research institution?

On the face of it, probably nothing.

But if you ask Sherylle Mills Englander, director of UCSB’s Technology & Industry Alliances (TIA) — commonly referred to as “tech transfer” — the degree she received from the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music, one of the country’s pre-eminent music schools offered the kind of training needed to help negotiate the sometimes tricky contracts and licensing of the various inventions and technologies that are born at UCSB.

For every innovation the university’s brightest minds generate — energy-efficient LED lighting, life-saving hemostatic gauze, site-specific drug delivery, for instance — TIA spends weeks working with UCSB researchers and companies throughout the world to translate scientific discoveries into robust commercial products that will benefit the public. It’s a careful balancing act with the needs of  the university on one side and those of  the licensing partners on the other.


In the 10 years of TIA’s existence, the campus has been the birthplace of many successful and important technologies, from the atomic force microscope invented by professors Virgil Elings and Paul Hansma, to the kaolin-clay blood clotting gauze developed by chemistry and materials professor Galen Stucky, to the solid-state lighting that is continually being improved upon by materials professors Shuji Nakamura, Steve DenBaars and James Speck.