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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. 

Shalin R. Jyotishi is the Assistant Director for Economic Development & Community Engagement at APLU where his mission is to help maximize the economic and societal impact of universities. He directs APLU’s Innovation and Economic Prosperity Universities program, manages funded projects and studies on workforce development, innovation, and manufacturing competitiveness, and supports APLU’s Commission on Economic and Community Engagement.

Prior to joining APLU, he held various positions at the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and a research appointment at the University of Michigan where he contributed to the 2nd edition of the book, Beyond Sputnik: U.S. Science Policy in the 21st Century (Forthcoming MIT Press). He has also served as a consultant to the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Innovation Associates, and the International Monetary Fund.

Outside of APLU, Shalin fulfills his entrepreneurial calling as CEO of the Journal of Science Policy and Governance, a non-profit organization and publication focused on student policy engagement and as a University Innovation Fellow of the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University. Shalin was selected as World Economic Forum Global Shaper and serves on the Washington, DC Executive Council. He serves as an editor of the Journal of Economic Development in Higher Education and a member of the International Economic Development Council’s Higher Education Advisory Committee and the United Nation's Major Group for Children and Youth. He previously served on the national advisory boards of APLU’s Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness & Economic Prosperity, UCLA’s Science Policy Association, and on governance committees of the University Economic Development Association.

Shalin studied biology and government at the University of Georgia where he completed a medicinal chemistry research program at Peking University in Beijing, China and held various economic development positions. He contributed to research in UGA’s Institute of Higher Education, was a student 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 Shalin on Twitter at @ShalinJyotishi.