Our Team

Vinit Nijhawan
Interim Executive Director


Vinit was Managing Director at UnitedLex focused on academic IP commercialization. Vinit was Managing Director, Office of Technology Development at Boston University where he launched 8 venture-backed spinoffs and successfully executed a patent monetization program. Vinit teaches MBA courses on Entrepreneurship at BU Questrom School of Business, over 450 students have taken his courses. Vinit has over 30 years experience building five startups: as CEO of three, five were acquired. Vinit was Venture Partner at Key Venture Partners and his one investment was acquired for $430M. Vinit is an advisor and board member to several technology startups and was a Mass High Tech All-Star in 2005. Vinit has participated in over 240 panel discussions and paper presentations, and was a Board Member of Mass Ventures, an early stage, quasi-public Massachusetts venture capital firm, a co-founder of EdTech Accelerator/Incubator LearnLaunch, ex-President of Massachusetts Association of Technology Transfer Offices and co-founder of Waterloo Alumni Angels. Vinit is also serving or has served on non-profit boards of VentureCafe Foundation, National Academy of Inventors, TiE Global. Vinit earned a B.A.Sc in electrical engineering from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada.


Michele Bernier
Senior Program Manager


Michele Bernier brings over 20 years of experience in engineering and higher education to MTTC. As Senior Program Manager, Michele works closely with the Director of MTTC, technology transfer offices, and local entrepreneurs. She is responsible for administering commercialization programs for entrepreneurs such as MTTC’s Platform Meeting Program, and gap funding programs.

Michele graduated from the University of Massachusetts Lowell with a degree in mechanical engineering and a minor in mathematics. She holds a master’s degree in business administration from Boston College.

Kristin Cormier
Executive Assistant and Special Projects Coordinator


Kristin most recently completed a course in Practical Project Management and in 2002 earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where she studied sociology, with a concentration in social services and psychology. Previously, Kristin was appointed to help coordinate the Massachusetts Cybersecurity Education and Training Consortium (CETC) which is a federation of 40+ higher education institutions across the state dedicated to ensuring that Massachusetts is the #1 state for cybersecurity education and workforce development.