Rochelle S. Blaustein is an innovation strategist with expertise in intellectual property, technology transfer, development and commercialization. She presently serves the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as Associate General Counsel, having previously served DOE as Deputy Director of the Office of Technology Transitions from 2016-2018 and Senior Advisor for Technology Transfer from 2009-2012.
Rochelle’s experience spans multiple disciplines of science, business, law, and policy, as well as the multiple sectors of government, academia, industry and non-profits. Her background in scientific research, and as a mediator, negotiator, lawyer, and professor, is coupled with government service at DOE and at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) where she was the inaugural Director of the Office of Technology Transfer and Development.
Ms. Blaustein’s experience includes spearheading a collaborative, critical thinking skills program, bringing together individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds and perspectives, as the inaugural Director of eXtended Learning Initiatives at EcoLand Institute, a nonprofit focused on engaging stakeholders from diverse backgrounds to work together to solve complex problems of sustainability and resiliency. She served as Ambassador-at-Large for the Cleantech Open Southeast, a national business accelerator for energy and environment technologies. She has served on numerous policy boards at the NIH and DOE, on the Council on Competitiveness Working Group for Accelerating Technology, and the Virginia Joint Commission on Technology & Science Advisory Committee for Intellectual Property.
Prior to her first government service, Rochelle practiced intellectual property and business law, serving a diverse clientele from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups and individual inventors. As Assistant Clinical Professor of Law at UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law, she taught attorneys, government and military officials from over 35 countries, in addition to traditional law students. Her teaching includes courses, workshops, and guest lectures at the Mason Enterprise Center, the National Technology Transfer Center, NASA and MIT.
Rochelle holds a law degree from Franklin Pierce Law Center (now UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law) and a multi-disciplinary B.L.S in Science with honors from Yale University. While a student at Yale, she received laboratory training in human gene mapping and clinical cytogenetics at the Yale School of Medicine.