Dr. Louis Tornatzky has a BA degree in Psychology from Ohio State University and a PhD in Organizational Psychology from Stanford. He has more than 35 years of research, management and consulting experience in the area of technology-linked regional economic development, university technology transfer, and technology business incubation.
He has led regional and national benchmarking studies supported by the National Science Foundation of university-industry technology transfer and commercialization, and which resulted in a widely cited volume entitled Innovation U: New University Roles in a Knowledge Economy. He has also been involved in national best practice studies with the National Business Incubation Association on technology business incubators, encompassing most of the more nationally prominent and novel programs in the US. Among his most influential research (with Denis Gray of North Carolina State University) has focused on the price that states play in the hemorrhaging of newly-minted degree holders in science and engineering if they do not develop technology sectors and jobs therein. He has consulted with more than two dozen research universities on improvements in technology transfer programs and activities, and has written more than 100 books, articles and papers on issues of technological innovation.
Dr. Tornatzky has recently retired as Professor of Industrial Technology at Cal Poly State University where he served as co-director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He was previously a Principal with Select University Technologies, a technology business accelerator in Orange County. From 1993-1998, he was Director of the Southern Technology Council, a technology policy think tank located in Research Triangle Park. Earlier in his career, Dr. Tornatzky led the Innovation Processes Research Group at the National Science Foundation, which funded research on technological innovation and operated as a policy group serving the Foundation as well as related federal science agencies.