The SDSU TTO

The Technology Transfer Office commercializes intellectual property invented on campus through research. Read more about what the TTO does and how it commercializes intellectual property here and here. Learn more about intellectual property here. The TTO is a part of the San Diego State University Research Foundation. 

TTO Professional Staff

Tommy MartindaleTommy Martindale
Director, Technology Transfer
 tmartindale@sdsu.edu
 (619) 594-0791


As Director of the TTO, Tommy Martindale responsible for the protection and commercialization of technologies developed at SDSU. Tommy supports the TTO by evaluating the patentability and market potential for faculty inventions, managing the protection of faculty-developed intellectual property, and commercializing SDSU technologies through licensing. Tommy is a member of the State Bar of California and is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. 

Kyle WelchKyle Welch
Licensing Manager, Technology Transfer
 kwelch@sdsu.edu 
 (619) 594-3336


As Licensing Manager, Kyle Welch furthers the TTO's mission to protect intellectual property produced through university research and deploy those inventions and creative works for the public benefit. Kyle has been a member of the State Bar of California since 2014, received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University in 2011, and obtained his J.D. from California Western School of Law in 2014. 

Linda Arellano
Administrative Support, Research Advancement & Technology Transfer
 larellano@sdsu.edu
 (619) 594-1080
Linda Arellano has been with SDSU Research Foundation for over 20 years. Linda's primary experience is in administrative processing, auditing of accounts payable, serving as a contact for law firm personnel regarding billing questions and issues as well as managing the TTO database, payable documents, data entry, and upload of information. 

Michael Murphy
Administration Support Coordinator, Technology Transfer
 michael.murphy@sdsu.edu
 (619) 594-1331
Michael Murphy manages the TTO’s databases, prepares operational reports and makes royalty distributions to faculty inventors and creators. Michael ensures that all materials, licenses and other legal documents are executed correctly and uploaded into the TTO’s master database as needed, as well as the federal agencies. Michael has a Bachelor of Science degree from SDSU, a Master of Business Administration from National University, and professional certifications in Paralegal and Intellectual Property Studies from UCSD.