Jill A. T. Sorensen, Senior Innovation Manager
Jill Sorensen is a senior innovation manager with over twenty-five years of experience in emerging technology, intellectual asset, business and economic development management. She has focused her innovation management advisory services (Bilyan – Business Innovation Labs and Action Networks) over the past ten years in the health, energy, transportation and additive manufacturing sectors.
As part of her dedication to supporting the emerging technology sector and related jobs creation, Jill has founded and supported multiple start-ups, both for-profit, non-profit entities and social enterprise. In health innovation, Jill has advised clients ranging from individual inventors and start-ups to national and international health institutions. In energy innovation, she has assisted clients with business development, education and outreach, such as NextGenLED of Maryland, reducing lighting expenses for clients by an average of 60% with LED lighting upgrades, and TimberRock Energy Solutions, developing microgrid communities. In transportation, Jill has been directing BEVI, the Baltimore-Washington Electric Vehicle Initiative, since 2008. BEVI is a division of the non-profit Electric Vehicle Association of the Greater Washington DC area (EVADC). In additive manufacturing, Jill co-founded Rwilo, based in Chicago, and works with RAMP MD, based in northeast Maryland, to promote local advanced, manufacturing capabilities. Jill’s emerging technology, innovation management, sustainability and fundraising efforts also serve social enterprises like Madison Fields and Shiloh Farm, focused on wellness and resilience services for autistic and stress disordered individuals, the Ingoma Foundation of Baltimore, unlocking the promise of economic independence for Baltimore’s inner city youth, as well as international clients, particularly in Europe and the Middle East.
Previous to her independent consulting, Jill served as Executive Director of the Johns Hopkins University Technology Transfer (JHTT) office. Jill continues as part-time faculty at Hopkins teaching innovation management. Before moving to Maryland to join Hopkins, Jill worked for 18 years at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), six years directing its technology transfer office and twelve years as in-house intellectual property counsel.
Jill earned her J.D. from DePaul University, her B.A. from Northwestern University, pursued graduate studies in chemistry at the University of Illinois, and was a visiting scholar to the University of Oxford in 2004 and 2007. Jill has served as a panel and sole arbitrator in commercial disputes for the past twenty-five years, is a registered patent attorney in the United States, and is registered in the US to practice law in Illinois.