Carl Rust

Associate Vice President for International Initiatives and Principal Director for Industry Collaboration

Carl A. Rust is Principal Director in the Office of Industry Collaboration and Associate Vice President for International Initiatives at the Georgia Institute of Technology where he is responsible for enhancing the university’s international objectives, particularly those related to industry-university collaboration, entrepreneurship, commercialization, innovation ecosystems, and economic development.

Between his tenure at both Georgia Tech and the University of Maryland, Mr. Rust has accumulated over 24 years of experience in industry-university partnerships, technology transfer, new business development, commercialization, innovation-led economic development, and global collaboration.  He pioneered novel collaboration models of embedding industry research, development, and innovation centers at universities.  He has also forged new ways of effectively connecting university-based startup companies to larger well-established companies as potential customers, suppliers, partners, and investors.

His prior industrial experience includes serving as an engineering manager at Texas Instruments and co-founding four technology-based start-up companies. He serves as a consultant for the National Science Foundation and other organizations on industry-university partnerships, innovation ecosystem, and international collaboration matters. He has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from The Citadel and seventeen publications.  Carl is a 2014 Fulbright award recipient to study the higher education and research system of France.