Chicago-Kent Honors Scholar
Class of 2019
Andrew Velzen graduated cum laude from the University of Notre Dame in 2012 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. After his undergraduate studies, Andrew received his master's in electrical and computer engineering from Purdue University in 2015. During graduate school, Andrew participated in graduate research under the direction of Dr. Kevin Webb. As a member of Dr. Webb’s research group, Andrew worked in the areas of electromagnetics, optics, and nanophotonics, with a specific emphasis on the use of nanostructured metallic surfaces for the application of electromagnetic/optical forces on materials. Through this work, Andrew was exposed to a multitude of simulation tools and experimental techniques used in the nanotechnology industry.
After leaving Purdue, Andrew transitioned to a career in patent law. In 2015, Andrew joined the Chicago-based intellectual property boutique firm McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP as a Technical Advisor. Since then, Andrew has become a registered patent agent before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and has prepared and prosecuted a number of patent applications in various technology areas (most frequently optics, semiconductors, and nanotechnology) for clients big and small (from Fortune 100 companies to individual inventors). Andrew feels very comfortable at the intersection of technical understanding and legal argumentation, which is necessary for success in patent law. Having found his niche in patent prosecution, Andrew decided to attend law school as a part-time evening student at Chicago-Kent while continuing his full-time practice as a Patent Agent. Andrew hopes to continue his career as a patent attorney upon graduation, but with an expanded ability to represent clients in a more diverse range of activities other than simply patent preparation and prosecution,
In his free time, Andrew enjoys cheering on his beloved Chicago Cubs and Notre Dame Fighting Irish, trying out the eclectic array of restaurants in Chicago with his wife, walking his golden retriever, sailing, and golfing.