Dr. Venumbaka was named Director, Office of Technology Commercialization with responsibility to protect university intellectual property and transform technology into successful enterprises.
His responsibilities include coordination of existing industrial activities, working with faculty and staff to file invention disclosures and to determine commercial potential; marketing intellectual property and managing the intellectual property protection process; ensuring compliance with policies and procedures relative to industrial research; drafting and reviewing industry agreements to stimulate the development and commercialization of advanced technologies.
In his previous position as Director, Institute for Environmental and Industrial Science (IEIS), he was accountable for directing and administering the pre-and post-award activities for a multi-disciplinary institute. This position involved collaboration with faculty, staff and administrators on the Texas State campus as well as with other universities, private industries and funding sources.
During the last 13 years, Dr. Venumbaka has worked closely with the Chief Research Officer in achieving industry-sponsored research grants and contracts, commercialization of intellectual property, business development and corporate relations.
Dr. Venumbaka has more than 20 years of experience in the synthesis of new monomers and high performance polymers with an earned reputation in defining requirements for customers, proposing solutions, executing programs, and delivering results. The polymers include Polyurethane, acrylic emulsions, acrylonitrile, Neoprene and Nitrile rubber-based adhesive that is used in the leather industry. He monitored both individual and multiple (two or more organizations) investigations in the areas of research and development and test and evaluation.