Brian is the TomKat Center’s executive director of innovation transfer. In this position, he assists in the commercialization of energy-related technology inventions and innovations resulting from research at Stanford. Brian has held senior technology management positions in startups and established companies. He has focused on business and technology strategies, and managed the development and commercialization of new products for renewable energy and consumer electronics. Brian has co-founded three startups, has advised numerous others and participated in a successful initial public stock offering. He has written more than 25 peer-reviewed publications and submitted 14 granted and pending patents. Brian earned a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Stanford, and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Cambridge University.
Danica has extensive finance and management experience and has been at Stanford since 2007. Her background in design drives her to continuously look for opportunities for improvement and to be more efficient. She joined the TomKat Center in 2012 and is responsible for the financial and programmatic management of the center. She implements and leads the center's programs which include research seed grants, Innovation Transfer grants, small course/project grants, postdoctoral fellowships, undergraduate summer fellowships, and a summer internship program at energy startup companies.