Brett Cornwell is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Commercialization at The Texas A&M University System. He directs the Office of Technology Commercialization and is responsible for the New Ventures Division which spins out new companies in support of the commercialization of technologies from the Texas A&M University System.
The services for new spin out companies include screening stage market assessments, business plan development, marketing plan development, market research studies, strategic business planning, and the development of venture pitches. Brett Cornwell is a Faculty member at IC2 Institute at The University of Texas at Austin and is an Adjunct Professor in the McCombs School at the University of Texas at Austin as an instructor in the Master’s in Science and Technology Commercialization degree program. He is also on the adjunct graduate faculty at Texas A&M University teaching courses in technology commercialization in the Mays Business School. His courses focus on technology market screening and evaluation, venture planning and evaluation, and business planning and launch. He has led a number of international technology commercialization benchmarking and training projects including projects with CONACYT in Mexico, South Australian Water Researchers in Australia, The University of Otago in New Zealand, and ProTon in Europe. Brett Cornwell was a program coordinator for the NASA Mid-Continent Technology Transfer Center (MCTTC) for ten years and served as the deputy director for three. At MCTTC, his experience and knowledge was used to write marketing studies for new technologies, outreach to companies, and define market opportunities and barriers for potential licensees. He has over eighteen years of experience in technology transfer and experience with small companies as sales and marketing manager. He was recognized as the Outstanding Technology Transfer Intermediary in Arkansas in 1997, received the Distinguished Service Award from the Mid-Continent Federal Laboratory Consortium in 2001, designed major portions of the Federal Laboratory Consortium’s Technology Assessment process for the RIB-IT program and has been published in R&D Enterprise, Asia Pacific. He is the co-author of Marketing Scientific Results published in October 2004. Cornwell holds an MBA from Texas A&M University and a BBA in marketing from Baylor University.