Michael J. Martin, of Blacksburg, executive vice president of Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties Inc., has been elected a trustee of the Licensing Executive Society Inc. (LES) of the United States and Canada, and appointed an international delegate to Licensing Executive Society International.

Martin is the past chair of the E-104 Polymers Chemicals and Energy Section of the LES and has made numerous presentations on technology transfer and university/industry relations. Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties is a non-profit corporation that manages the intellectual property from Virginia Tech.

Established in 1966, the LES is a professional society with more than 6,000 members engaged in the transfer, use, development, manufacture, and marketing of intellectual property. Membership includes business executives, lawyers, licensing consultants, engineers, academicians, scientists, and government officials. Many large corporations, professional firms, and universities comprise the society's membership. LES is a member society of the Licensing Executives Society International, Inc., with a worldwide membership of more than 11,000 in 30 national societies, representing more than 80 countries.

Founded in 1872 as a land-grant college, Virginia Tech has grown to become among the largest universities in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Today, Virginia Tech's eight colleges are dedicated to putting knowledge to work through teaching, research, and outreach activities and to fulfilling its vision to be among the top research universities in the nation. At its 2,600-acre main campus located in Blacksburg and other campus centers in Northern Virginia, Southwest Virginia, Hampton Roads, Richmond, and Roanoke, Virginia Tech enrolls more than 28,000 full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries in 180 academic degree programs.