By Anna Lynn Spitzer
06.15.05 – The Calit2 Irvine division continues to grow with the addition of Deborah (Debbie) Nielsen, its new corporate relations officer. Nielsen, who began her new position on June 13, will lead efforts to forge and nurture relationships with corporate partners, and will support the division’s strategic marketing, communications and external relations plan.
Nielsen brings a wealth of corporate relations experience to Calit2. For the past seven years, she has served as assistant director of corporate training for University Extension at UCI. In that capacity, she developed programs geared to corporations’ specific training needs, building strong relationships with those companies in the process.
Most recently, she worked with UCI’s researchers as the project leader for OCTANe@UCI (Orange County Technology Action Network). OCTANe @UCI was developed by University Extension to create a network between Orange County’s business and financial communities, and its entrepreneurs and researchers. Nielsen worked closely with UCI’s science and technology researchers to develop programs that showcased their work to the local business community.
“I’m really pleased to be a part of Calit2,” said Nielsen. “I find business development challenging and rewarding, and I’m eager to begin building relationships between Calit2 and local companies. This will help us move the division’s exciting research forward.”
When she’s not pondering ways to advance Calit2’s corporate alliances, Nielsen can be found spending time with her husband, Matt, and 3-1/2-year-old son, Kenny.