Mark serves as the Director of LAUNCH: the Center for New Ventures. In this leadership role, Mark gets to leverage his extensive education and background in industry, academia, and entrepreneurship. His industry experience spans numerous companies and collaborative technology innovation partnerships. Mondry began his career as an engineer in defense electronics and has held legal and executive roles in the medical device industry with companies that include Eli Lilly & Co. and Guidant Corporation.
With deep experience in early stage technology commercialization from technical, business, and legal perspectives, Mark embraces the entrepreneurial mindset and helps others bridge the gap from discovery to market. He himself has experienced the exhilaration of building several early stage companies, including growing a medical device startup to a successful IPO. Mark came to Virginia Tech from the Colorado School of Mines, and still fondly refers to our Blacksburg cattle as "Virginia Elk."
A registered Patent Attorney, Mark earned a B.S. in engineering from Miami University, an M.S. in administrative science from Johns Hopkins University, and a J.D. from the University of Maryland. A true life-long learner, he is exercising his research skills and completing his dissertation for a Ph.D in Business from Virginia Tech.