STEVEN L. BERMAN, B.S. Engineering & J.D. (Juris Doctor)
Academic-STEM+ARTS Educator, Attorney, Strategist & Social Innovator Founder, CEO & General Counsel, Collaboratorium Innovation Resources Founder & Co-CEO, DIGIVATIONS (www.digivations.com) and DIGIVATIONS INSTITUTE, www.digivationsinstitute.org Founder & CEO, Berman & Company Principal Founder and Executive Director, Transformative Media Consortium (TMC) and Cleantech Consortium Biography Steven L. Berman, through his various positions focuses on transforming creative thinking and innovation in the areas of teaching, learning, business and government. Bermanís efforts also focus on global technology translation and collaboration among public-private enterprises leading to enhanced social and economic development. Currently, Berman is the Founder & Director of the Transformative Media Consortium and is in the process of establishing an international cleantech consortium focused on renewable energy, novel materials applications and intelligent power distribution systems.
As DIGIVATIONS, www.digivations.com , and DIGIVATIONS INSTITUTE, www.digivationsinstitute.org, Founder & Co-CEO, Berman fosters development of next generation innovators through the application of hands on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)+ARTS in K-12 education, Professional Development of educators, and Innovation Summits. DIGIVATIONS collaborators include LEGO Education North America and Pitsco, one of the largest and most well respected hands on science product and science activity/lesson plan creators and distributors.Innovation Summits bring together global thought leaders and decision makers from education/universities, industry and government for the purpose of catalyzing positive and productive change and adaption in the Innovation Pipeline.
.Serving as Founder, CEO & General Counsel of Collaboratorium Innovation Resources, Berman provides the following service offerings: IP Packaging to solve core international industrial market and societal needs; seed/prototype fund focused on bridging the gap between research and early stage development (translational research services); technology commercialization services, and strategic intelligence and reports; as well as advisory services to research and technology development corporations, universities, and business enterprises, among others. His relationships with senior level networks (corporate decision makers and Board level) help clientsí foster capital growth for new and existing enterprises and secure funding of innovative technologies. As an attorney strategist, Berman focuses on delivering the most advanced intellectual property strategic counsel to clients in California and on a global basis.
Berman & Company clients include those focused on advanced education (DIGIVATIONS) and technology commercialization in a broad range of sectors encompassing alternative energy/sustainability, biotech, communications, high performance computing, digital/interactive media and medical devices, among others. Some notable clients have included ICF, and the following British Columbia, Canada Institutions: The University President's Council, BC Innovation Council, Great Northern Way Consortium Campus [BCIT, Emily Carr, SFU & UBC], and the Ministry of Economic Development. Berman & Company is a principal architect of the British Columbia (BC), Canada and California advanced collaboration that has worked closely with the Canada-California Strategic Innovation Partnership (CCSIP). Collaborations focus on developing and implementing an international tripartite, academic, government, and industrial set of strategic research, commercialization and economic advancement initiatives. Key technology themes have focused on life sciences, Asia-Pacific, goods movement and smart infrastructure, power technology (alternative energy, intelligent transportation) and enabling communications and digital technologies. A key focus is to determine and adopt best practices leading to societal solutions, advanced commercialization and a distributed educational and training framework for next generation jobs. Berman's TMC explores novel and translational ideas to expand business value and educational opportunities at the intersection of social and traditional media and games. The TMC is also in the process of evaluating the relationship of digital technologies and intelligent energy infrastructure systems. One core TMC project involves development of a learning lab focusing on sustainability through integration of social media, virtual and real time physical sensing environments. Previously, he advised the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Research at UCLA as the Executive Director/Consultant for the Advanced Gaming/Transformative Media Academic and Research Program Initiative. This work engaged the Deans and faculty of five schools at UCLA. Berman has served as faculty and lectured on Media & Society for UCSB's Media Arts & Technology Graduate Degree Program (MATP). He is a collaborative producer of immersive environments and installations designed to illuminate historical and personally impactful events driven by sound, music and narrative. These projects have been invited for presentation at several significant venues including SIGGRAPH and IEE Conferences, as well as: International Human Computer Interface Conference:Las Vegas; World Internet Conference: Madrid; Goteborg Museum of Art: Sweden; IRCAM at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris; and International Super Computing, to name a few. Specific collaborative projects co-designed with Anne Deane Berman, include Beloved Mnemosyne and Ashes to Ashes, integrating sensing and motion tracking, and virtual reality technologies, respectively. Formerly, he served as Director, Strategic Business Alliances & Covergence Technologies Development for the University of California System-wide (ten campuses and three national laboratories) Digital Media Innovation Program (former industry-university-state matching grants program which resulted in more than $80 million in grants and $300 million in economic benefit); Director, Business Development for Business Research Partnerships at UCLA; and General Counsel, TVS Entertainment (former International Entertainment Conglomerate). Berman earned his B.S. degree, magna cum laude, in Materials Science/Ceramic Engineering from Rutgers College of Engineering and his Juris Doctor degree from Yeshiva University's Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. He is member of the State Bar of California, various Federal Courts including the U.S Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.