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Michael Harpen

Licensing Manager
Technology Commercialization Office
Address: 1922 F Street NW
4th Floor
Washington, District Of Columbia
Phone: 202-994-8975
[email protected]


Michael Harpen is responsible for commercializing researchers’ inventions at George Washington University.  His duties include working with researchers to identify their valuable early stage technologies, developing intellectual property protections for those technologies, and then licensing the results with relevant industries.

He has prosecuted, protected, and commercialized a wide array of technologies including batteries, renewables, materials, medical devices, computer hardware & software, and industrial production equipment.

As a technology transfer veteran, he joined George Washington University in 2021 after earlier employment at the University of California – Irvine and Washington State University.  Prior to his career, he worked at a Cargill corn processing factory in Nebraska and taught English in Japan.  He has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of South Alabama and a J.D. from Louisiana State University.