Dr. Saurabh Biswas
Interim Director for Commercialization and Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneur-In-Residence/TEES Head of Entrepreneurship & Innovation Programs
Biswas leads the creation of start-ups and joint ventures at TEES/Texas A&M University. He leads all aspects of venture formation and equity investments, working with management of the start-up companies in business plan execution and fundraising, follow-up monitoring and serves on the board of directors/advisors of portfolio ventures.
Dr. John Beckerdite
Entrepreneur-In-Residence/TEES Head of IP Portfolio Management
Beckerdite joined TEES following a long career with The Dow Chemical Company where he led a variety of technology commercialization programs. While at Dow he also served as the senior intellectual capital leader for a number of intellectual property portfolios. He holds a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Texas A&M University.
Chris Scotti is a serial entrepreneur and longtime supporter of the innovation ecosystem in Texas. He has more than 20 years of experience founding, growing and coaching emerging technology companies through relationships with private businesses and economic development organizations, as well as government and higher education institutions. Currently serving as chair of the Texas A&M New Ventures Competition, Scotti’s biggest strength is the ability to play in both the technical and business worlds, and act as a connector between the two.
Dr. Sheikh Ismail is a licensing manager for the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) in the areas of engineering technologies. Collectively, he has more than 20 years of research and faculty experience, including the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center’s Radiation Oncology and Head & Neck Surgery departments. Ismail is a dedicated professional skillful in project management, license agreements, negotiations, interinstitutional agreements, process improvement and team leadership, and enthusiastic to further develop an entrepreneurial culture among faculty investigators. Prior to joining TEES, he worked at University of Houston’s Office of Intellectual Property Management for more than seven years and has experience in dealing with inventions in the areas of advanced materials, energy, medical devices, optics, biopharma, biotech, software and copyrights. He has extensive experience in the University of Houston’s Technology Gap Fund, industry partnerships, faculty startups and small business development, and has passion for effective transfer of university-wide technology to industry.
Dr. Shyamala Rajagopalan is closely involved in invention disclosure assessment, intellectual property protection and technology translation activities. These translation efforts include marketing as well as negotiating licenses with various industry partners and aiding in the formation of start-up companies. Prior to joining Texas A&M, Rajagopalan worked at NanoScale Corporation, a startup company born out of inventions from Kansas State University chemistry department. That company developed and manufactured novel nanomaterials for a variety of applications. She is a member of the American Chemical Society, and a member and volunteer at the Association of University Technology Managers.
Lenae Scroggins brings more than 30 years of leadership and program development experience. For nearly 10 years, Scroggins has served as assistant director at Texas A&M University’s Center for Entrepreneurship and New Ventures. In this role, she launched and managed numerous programs, including the highly successful Aggie 100 Program to honor Aggie entrepreneurs, the MBA Tech Transfer Challenge and the Ideas Challenge. In addition, she brings extensive insight in the areas of finance and operations management both in the private sector as well as SBIR-funded operations (including budgeting, staffing and logistics), event planning and fundraising.
Kuchibhotla is currently a Ph.D. student in mechanical engineering at Texas A&M University. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from India. Following graduation, he worked for TATA Motors Ltd. as a new engine development engineer. As an entrepreneur-in-training, he is involved in intellectual property due diligence, tracking and marketing research.
Diaz is an experienced IT specialist from Colombia, South America. He has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, a master’s degree in telecommunications and information, systems and an MBA. His background in data and information systems strengthens the team in new trends like the internet of things, cloud computing, and big data and analytics. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in industrial and systems engineering at Texas A&M.
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