Mammo Muchie completed his undergraduate studies at Columbia University, New York City and obtained his MPhil and DPhil degrees from Sussex University, England with supervision from the IDS/SPRU in development economics and science, technology and innovation studies. He also studied Measurement Science in Petrograd, Russia.
Muchie has taught and researched at various universities in USA and Europe including Cambridge University and the Middlesex University (UK); the University of Aalborg (Denmark) and Amsterdam University (The Netherlands); and is an honorary professor at the Jianxing University in China.
He has been a consultant for UNESCO on The Forum on Higher education, Knowledge and Research systems.
He is currently a DST/NRF Research Professor of Innovation Studies at the Institute of Economics Research on Innovation (IERI), at Tshwane University of Technology. He is the originator of the idea behind PATI and RTF concepts.