Dr. Richard P. Swatloski holds both bachelor’s and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry from The University of Alabama. He has received multiple awards and recognition, including the Kenneth G. Hancock Memorial Award for ionic liquid and green chemistry achievements. Dr. Swatloski has contributed to over 45 peer-reviewed publications and multiple patents. His work has been presented over 120 times at both national and international meetings, and he is recognized as a leading scientist in the field of ionic liquid chemistry. In 2006, Dr. Swatloski accepted a position as a Licensing Associate and helped establish UA’s Office for Technology Transfer. His current duties include various aspects of intellectual property protection, management and licensing, agreement development, new business creation, and education. Dr. Swatloski is also active in the Association for University Technology Managers (AUTM), serving on the planning committee for AUTM’s Annual Eastern Regional Meeting.