Before retiring in 2017, Ken Nisbet served as Associate Vice President of the University of Michigan's Office of Tech Transfer, where he had strategic and operational responsibilities for all technology transfer activities at the University of Michigan. Under his leadership, the University of Michigan has achieved substantial growth in tech transfer performance and established a reputation as one of the leading tech transfer offices in the nation.
From 1996 to 2001, Ken was Director of New Business Development within U-M Tech Transfer where he was responsible for creating new business start-ups with U-M technology.
Prior to coming to the University of Michigan, Ken had over 20 years of experience in the commercial sector within engineering, finance, marketing and management roles at Ford Motor Company, Digital Equipment Corporation, and Nortel. Ken also was a co-founder and president of Memorybank, Incorporated, a storage systems provider, and was a director responsible for business startups at Trinova's (now Eaton) Corporate Technology Laboratory in Ann Arbor.
Ken holds a BSME and a MBA, both from the University of Michigan, and is active in community activities, including Ann Arbor SPARK, New Enterprise Forum, Great Lakes Entrepreneur's Quest, and Wireless Washtenaw.