Associate Director of Strategic Alliances, Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development
Afroze Mohammed is Associate Director of Strategic Alliances and based at the Virginia Tech Research Center in Arlington. Her role focuses on building strong partnerships between Virginia Tech and companies in metropolitan Washington, D.C., with the goal of fostering greater collaboration in research endeavors, entrepreneurial activities, and economic development. Afroze is active in economic development and industry groups in the National Capital Region.
Afroze’s work in building ties between academic departments and industry partners spans several areas, including forging research collaboration, gaining sponsorship of student capstone projects, and eliciting industry feedback on proposed new majors. Ties with industry are also important in securing and implementing federal grant funding programs, such as the NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) and Industry – University Cooperative Research Centers (IUCRC) programs.
Prior to joining Virginia Tech, Afroze directed successful product marketing and alliance development programs at energy, educational technology, and telecommunications companies. At the CURRENT Group, an innovative smart grid company, Afroze developed a partnership program with complementary technology providers, including both Fortune 500 companies and start-up ventures. Earlier, as Director of Product Marketing at Blackboard Inc., an educational software company, Afroze led marketing initiatives for Blackboard’s flagship e-learning products to increase Blackboard’s market penetration and reputation. At Lucent Technologies, Afroze established product marketing and alliance programs for business intelligence products. In the academic arena, she was a Research Associate at Harvard Business School, developing best-selling case studies on topics in marketing, policy, operations, and international business.
Afroze has an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a B.A. in Economics, summa cum laude, from Georgetown University.