Tom Byers holds the Entrepreneurship Professorship endowed chair in the Stanford University School of Engineering where he focuses on innovation and entrepreneurship education. He has been a faculty director since inception of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP), which serves as the entrepreneurship center in the engineering school. STVP includes the Mayfield Fellows work/study program and Entrepreneurship Corner website of videos and podcasts. He is managing director and co-PI for the National Science Foundation's Epicenter at Stanford. Tom is co-author of a McGraw-Hill entrepreneurship textbook called "Technology Ventures: From Idea to Enterprise."
For his efforts at Stanford in the past, Tom is a Bass University Fellow in Undergraduate Education. Tom has also received Stanford's Gores Award for teaching (the university's highest award) and its Tau Beta Pi Award for undergraduate teaching in the engineering school. The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) awarded him the 2009 Gordon Prize, which is the profession's highest honor recognizing innovation in engineering and technology education.
At Stanford, he has been the chairman of the Committee for Undergraduate Standards and Policies (C-USP) and deputy chair of the Management Science and Engineering department. He is an affiliated faculty member of the Woods Institute for the Environment and Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford. Tom is a faculty director of the annual Stanford Executive Institute. Tom has been a visiting professor at the UAE's Higher Colleges of Technology, London Business School, and University College London.
He is also the recipient of several other national teaching awards in entrepreneurship including the Olympus Innovation Award from the NCIIA, the ASEE Kauffman Award, the USASBE Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year Award, the Academy of Management's Innovation in Entrepreneurship Teaching Award, and the Leavey Award. He is a member of the Hall of Fame at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business. Earlier, STVP was named the NASDAQ Entrepreneurship Center of the Year and Tom was named Northern California Entrepreneur of the Year in Ernst & Young's competition.
He has served on advisory councils of the World Economic Forum, Harvard Business School's California Research Center, UC Berkeley's Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, Conservation International, and Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE). Before joining Stanford, Tom worked in Silicon Valley for over a decade including executive vice president and general manager of Symantec Corporation during its early years. Tom started his professional career at Accenture.
Tom holds a BS in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research and an MBA from UC Berkeley. He also earned a PhD in Business Administration (Management Science) at UC Berkeley.
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