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Shalin Jyotishi

Shalin Jyotishi
Assistant Director, Economic Development and Community Engagement


  • November 27, 2017
  • Shalin Jyotishi presented findings from the Technology Transfer Evolution Working Group of APLU’s Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness and Economic Prosperity (CICEP) during the 2017 Technology Transfer Society (T2S) Annual Meeting. Jyotishi’s presentation illustrated how and why university technology transfer offices have evolved and must continue to evolve in order to address growing societal and economic challenges. He also spoke to how APLU’s Innovation and Economic Prosperity (IEP) Universities Program is helping universities navigate this evolutionary process.

  • May 23, 2018
  • APLU’s Shalin Jyotishi discussed engaging university students, policy fellows, and young scholars in science, technology, and innovation policy through the Journal of Science Policy & Governance during a webinar hosted by the Government-University-Industry-Research-Roundtable (GUIRR) at the National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM). Jyotishi serves as the CEO of the journal, an internationally recognized peer review publication dedicated to empowering university students and early-career trainees. View the webinar recording here.

  • June 18, 2018
  • APLU’s Shalin Jyotishi was featured during this month’s member spotlight by the Engaging Scientists and Engineers in Policy (ESEP) Coalition, an ad hoc alliance of associations, scientific societies, universities and other organizations dedicated to engaging scientists and engineers in the policy process at all levels of government. Jyotishi discussed his own pathway into science and technology policy. Read the spotlight and engage in the conversation on the ESEP Coalition’s online community on Trellis Science.

  • April 24, 2019
  • As part of a week-long high-level delegation organized by the Finnish Embassy, the panel featured Ms. Anita Lehikoinen, Finland’s Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Culture, Dr. Heikki Mannila, President of the Academy of Finland, and Mr. Tobin Smith, Vice President for Policy, Association of American Universities. The panel focused on how best to maximize the impact of universities on the economy and society through innovation and talent development. 

  • July 10, 2019
  • At a workshop organized by Rutgers University graduate students hosted at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, APLU’s Shalin Jyotishi spoke on a panel addressing the role of boundary organizations, associations, and professional societies for fostering public and policy engagement. He focused on the importance of engaging with local communities and leveraging economic and community engagement officers as resources for outreach. 

  • October 7, 2019
  • Jyotishi spoke at and co-led a workshop at the 2019 Annual Summit of the University Economic Development Association. The workshop brought together economic development leaders from colleges and universities for a dialogue around fortifying university-MEP partnerships to transition new technologies and innovation to America’s small and medium-sized manufacturers. Learn more at

  • October 24, 2019
  • The article entitled, How Universities are Addressing the "False Choice" Between Education and Employment Readiness of Students, highlighted three critical strategies APLU member institutions are leveraging to strengthen student workforce and employability outcomes. The article also highlighted case studies of the three strategies being deployed at APLU member institutions. 

  • December 2, 2019
  • As part of the 2019 Vision 20/20 Conference, APLU’s Shalin Jyotishi joined fellow panelists Debbie Hughes, Senior Advisor, Walmart; David Pang, Partner, Advisory Market Leader, Washington DC Metro Area at KPMG US; and Tony Scardino, Managing Principal at Grant Thornton Public Sector for a discussion around the Future of Work and trends in workforce preparedness. The conference was held at the World Bank and organized by Leadership ASCEND, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the World Economic Forum Global Shapers.

  • March 3, 2020
  • In an op-ed for IndustryWeek, APLU’s Shalin Jyotishi and Workcred’s Isabel Cardenas-Navia share how embedding certifications into a 4-year degree can address the skills gap in manufacturing, while promoting life-long learning. Read the full op-ed here

  • March 30, 2020
  • Born out of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO, the Youth Working Group's is committed to igniting action that positively impacts the lives of 47 million young Americans with a focus on achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Through partnerships, the Youth Working Group serves as a sustainable hub for U.S. youth leadership. Jyotishi will contribute expertise to efforts focused on education and workforce development, technology and innovation, and economic growth. 

  • May 25, 2020
  • In a new op-ed for IndustryWeek, APLU’s Shalin Jyotishi and Sheila Martin share findings from research around how public research universities are partnering with American manufacturers and federal manufacturing centers to boost innovation and competitiveness. Read the article here

  • July 2, 2020
  • In a new op-ed for RealClearEducation, APLU’s Shalin Jyotishi and Karen Elzey, Associate Executive Director of Workcred, assert that in the COVID-19 era, combinding industry certification and college degrees is a win for students, employers, and institutions. Read the article here.

Shalin R. Jyotishi oversees APLU's Innovation and Economic Prosperity Universities program and serves as a core APLU researcher, strategist, and community builder focused on talent and workforce development, innovation ecosystems, and civic engagement at universities.

Recognized as a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, Shalin fulfills his mission through a variety of leadership positions. He is a Foretell Ambassador Board member at Georgetown University's Center for Security and Emerging Technology, a University Innovation Fellow at Stanford University, a member of the International Economic Development Council’s Higher Education Advisory Committee, and a member of the U.S. Youth Working Group to the United Nations. Shalin serves as an editor of the Journal of Economic Development in Higher Education, and previously served on the advisory board of APLU’s Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness & Economic Prosperity. His work has been featured in Forbes, Chronicle of Higher Education, IndustryWeek, and other outlets.

Previously, Shalin held science policy roles at the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and at the University of Michigan and consulting role with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the International Monetary Fund. He is also the Chief Executive Officer of the Journal of Science Policy and Governance, a non-profit publications focused on engaging early career researchers in policy.

Shalin is graduate of the University of Georgia, the birthplace of public higher education, where he was an editor of the Education Law & Policy Review and published ​book articles on regenerative medicine in The​​ ​SAGE ​Encyclopedia of Stem Cell Research​. You can find him on Twitter at @ShalinJyotishi