Kate Peterson Astle is a Manager in Utah State University's Technology Transfer Services office. Her primary area of focus is the commercialization of education and software related technologies. Astle joined the Technology Transfer Services team in 2012. During her time at USU, Kate has worked on a number of proposals and contracts, most recently helping USU receive the "Innovation and Economic Prosperity Designation" by the Association of Public Land-Grant Institutions. Astle has also served as an Entrepreneurial Mentor for an NSF funded I-Corps team, where she had the opportunity to coach a team of scientific researchers through the process of customer discovery and market fit using lean startup methodologies. Prior to joining the Technology Transfer Services team, Aslte served as a Graduate Research Assistant for economics professor Dr. Nick Lei Guo. Astle earned her undergraduate degree in English with a minor in Chemistry as well as her MBA from Utah State University.