V.P. of Open Innovation, Weyerhaeuser
His First Job
I was a Research Engineer in the Cryogenic Systems Division of Air Products and Chemicals.
His Career Since Then
Dr. Tao is currently responsible for Early Business/Venture Development, Licensing (in and out), Technology Partnering, and Intellectual Asset Management. Weyerhaeuser is an $8 billion integrated Forest Products Company.
Prior to joining Weyerhaeuser, Dr. Tao was the Corporate Director of Technology Partnerships for Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., a $10 billion company headquartered in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He was responsible for worldwide external technology development, Intellectual Asset Management, government contracting and licensing/ technology transfer. His contributions in over 30 years included the venture that commercialized a new family of polymers, a JV that the company profited with over $200MM in invested capital and IP value extraction of over $100MM in tax credits.
Dr. Tao holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University, an M.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware, and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Carnegie-Mellon. During his tenure with Air Products, Dr. Tao has been involved in engineering management, R&D management, commercial development, venture management, and planning and business development. Dr. Tao is a board member of the Industrial Research Institute and the Lehigh Valley Ben Franklin Technology Partnership, and is a Board member and a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He serves on the Advisory Committee for the National Science Foundations IIP/SBIR, and the Advisory Board of the Chem. Eng Dept of Carnegie Mellon University. He is also a member of the Licensing Executive Society and of the Commercial Development and Marketing Association.
Dr. Tao has presented and published over 80 papers and holds 9 patents and one pending.
Advice for Young Chemical Engineers
Do what you have passion for, and remember that communications and relationships are as important as technical results.