Texas Tech University

Office of Research Commercialization Reorganization

July 1, 2015

Colleagues,

We are reorganizing the Office of Research Commercialization (ORC). David E. Snow, Ph.D., is now interim director of the office, effective immediately. Dr. Snow has been serving as the ORC senior managing director of intellectual property management. He will serve as interim ORC director until a permanent director is placed through a national search.

The Office of Research Commercialization works with researchers from all of the Texas Tech University System campuses and business partners to translate research discoveries into commercial applications and successfully bring them to the marketplace.

At Texas Tech, the Director of the ORC operates within the Entrepreneurial Cluster, which also includes the Director of the Research Park and the Director of Translational Research and Entrepreneurialism.

David has his doctorate in chemistry as well as extensive training in technology protection, licensing and management. I am delighted to welcome David to this challenging new job. These are exactly the credentials that Texas Tech seeks in its senior technology licensing managers.

As an entrepreneur, David has served in various roles as a part of four successful start-up companies. In addition, he has mentored a team through the Kinetic Accelerator, innovated by Texas Tech. Through the accelerator process this company formed a startup company, successfully secured seed capital, and is currently prototyping its technology.

David takes over leadership of the ORC from Russell Thomasson, who has been named director of strategic partnerships in the Office of the Vice President for Research. Russell has served as associate vice president for research commercialization but will now oversee the Global Laboratory for Energy Asset Management and Manufacturing (GLEAMM), a new micro grid research initiative. He also will focus on creating strategic partnerships with industry, national laboratories and federally funded research and development centers.

I wish to thank Russell for his work in the Office of Research Commercialization, and I look forward to the enthusiasm and energy that he and his team will continue to bring to achieving Texas Tech research priorities.

Sincerely,

Robert V. Duncan

Robert V. Duncan, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President for Research