Morton Collins, Managing Partner of Battelle Ventures, L.P, who was a Series A investor in GRIDSMART, was recently elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Collins was cited for accomplishments as a builder and manager of technology-based companies and as an adviser to government and universities. The 80 new U.S. members will be formally inducted during a ceremony at the NAE’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 9.
“The entire GRIDSMART team would like to congratulate Mort on this impressive accomplishment,” said Bill Malkes, Founder and CEO of GRIDSMART. “Election to the National Academy of Engineering showcases the contributions Mort has made to the field of engineering. We are proud to have such a distinguished engineer as part of the GRIDSMART family.”
After completing his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering at the University of Delaware in 1958, Collins earned master’s and doctoral degrees at Princeton University. He is currently managing partner at Battelle Ventures LLC, in Ewing, New Jersey. Collins has demonstrated major successes in the fields of life sciences, electronic materials, communications and software.
In 1968, Collins founded Data Science Ventures (DSV), a pioneering venture-capital firm, and for 30 years he was a managing partner in four DSV partnerships that specialized in early-stage financing of high-technology companies. In 1997, he became a special limited partner of Cardinal Partners, the successor to the DSV series of partnerships.
Collins chaired President Ronald Reagan’s Task Force on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and he served as technology policy adviser to President George H.W. Bush. He has served on the New Jersey Governor’s Commission on Science and Technology and the New Jersey Governor’s Superconductivity Roundtable, and he is a member of the Research Roundtable of the National Academy of Sciences.
Collins has generously given both his time and money to his alma mater over the years. For nearly 30 years, he has been a member of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Advisory Council, serving as chair from 1984-2010. He also serves as a member of the President’s Leadership Council.
Collins supports first-year graduate student fellowships in the College of Engineering and endeavors like the Class of 1958 Scholarship and the renovations to Colburn Lab. In recognition of his many achievements, Collins was awarded the 1989 University of Delaware Medal of Distinction.