Our Team


Abi Barrow


Dr. Abigail Barrow is the Interim Executive Director, Office of Technology Commercialization and Ventures (OTCV) at the University of Massachusetts.  She joined the UMass President’s Office in 2004 as the Founding Director of the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center (MTTC) which is housed in OTCV. At OTCV she supports the campus technology transfer programs as well as assisting with start-up formation and other systemwide entrepreneurship activities at UMass. She is also responsible for the overall management of the MTTC and the development of its programs. Prior to joining UMass, Dr. Barrow served as managing director of William J. von Liebig Center at the University of California San Diego (UCSD). The von Liebig Center was created in 2001 to support the commercialization of research being performed in the UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering.

Dr. Barrow worked in a variety of roles at UCSD CONNECT from 1990 to 2001. At CONNECT, she developed and expanded many of its programs to support early-stage company formation and technology commercialization. The CONNECT program is internationally recognized and has been successfully replicated in many other regions around the world.
Dr. Barrow is on the board and is Chair of VentureWell (formerly the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance). Dr. Barrow received her Ph.D. from the Science Studies Unit and a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Edinburgh.



Michele Bernier
Commercialization Program Manager


Michele Bernier brings over 15 years of experience in engineering and higher education to MTTC. As Commercialization 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.


Julia Goldberg
Programs and Marketing Manager


Julia Goldberg received her Masters of Intellectual Property Degree in 2004 from Franklin Pierce Law Center, NH. She graduated in Material Science from St. Petersburg Technical University, Russia and received her MS degree in Chemistry from Technion, Israel. In her jobs with Tower Semiconductors and Lucent Technologies, Julia was involved in development of semiconductors and telecommunication products. Julia gained her legal experience and mastered patent writing skills at Hamilton, Brook, Smith & Reynolds, P.C. Working as a Licensing Associate at Mass General Hospital, Corporate Research and Licensing Office, Julia focused on inventions related to chemical compositions, medical devices, and diagnostic methods and evaluated the inventions for commercialization.

At the MTTC, Julia manages investment and partnering conferences and supports Technology Transfer Offices in marketing their technologies.