Michael Wallner

Economic Research Lead


Dr. Michael Wallner currently oversees the economic research team at TechLink-A U.S. Department of Defense partnership intermediary in Bozeman, Montana.  Dr. Wallner is on the TechLink team preparing an economic impact analysis of Department of Defense (DoD) inventions and TechLink licensing agreements on the U.S. economy and DoD’s defense mission.  He is also conducting a review of DoD Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) technology transition successes, as well as an economic impact review of Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADA) for the Air Force, Navy, and Army.  Previously, Michael assisted with preparing an economic impact analysis of SBIR’s awarded by the DoD between 1995 to 2012. He also assisted with conducting the first-ever national economic impact analysis for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI).


Dr. Wallner also worked in a joint position as an economic research specialist and policy advisor for Boise State University and the City of Boise, Idaho.  He has worked on a variety of projects for government agencies at the local, state, and federal level of government.  Wallner is also a co-author on six academic research publications focused on economics, public policy, and quantitative program reviews.  He currently serves as a special economic advisor to Deputy Mayor Chris Mehl with the City of Bozeman, Montana and is completing his MBA.  Wallner has traveled to over 35 countries and six continents, giving him an international perspective of different cultures, governmental approaches, and creative solutions for solving complex economic and public policy problems impacting citizens across the world.  Michael is an adjunct professor of applied statistics at the University of Montana, has a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Boise State University, and enjoys hunting, hiking, and the hot springs in Montana.