Ten Commandments for
Poor Technology Transfer

Mark D. Hill

Computer Sciences Department
University of Wisconsin-Madison

February 2004


I. Always work 30 years in the future.

II. Always start with a clean slate.

III. Remember that publishing papers is the end of research and technology transfer.

IV. Always remember that you are smarter than people in industry.

V. Never give talks in industry.

VI. Never hold industrial affiliates meetings or get feedback from industry on your research agenda.

VII. Never allow your students to do internships in industry (or, even worse, take a sabbatical there).

VIII. Never consult for industry.

IX. Protect your intellectual property by not telling industry (or anyone else) what you are doing until patents are filed.

X. When meeting industrial people, just ask for money and don't waste time building long-term relationships.


Thanks to David Patterson and David Wood for useful comments.

I originally presented this material in Madrid, Spain, at a High-Performance Computer Architecture (HPCA) 2004 panel Bridging the Research Gap between Academia and Industry, organized by Mazin S. Yousif. Online press coverage (misleading and then corrected):

This document's style and some substance follows from:

  1. David Patterson, How to Give a Bad Talk, circa 1983. Included in Mark Hill, Oral Presentation Advice, 1992, revised 1997.
  2. Mark Hill and David Wood, Conference Etiquette, 1997.
  3. David Patterson, How to Have a Bad Career in Research/Academia, 1998.