Dr. John C. Tao

In 2011, Dr. Tao  stepped down as V.P., Open Innovation for Weyerhaeuser,  where he was responsible for Early Business /Venture Development, Licensing (in and out), Technology Partnering, and Intellectual Asset Management.

Before joining Weyerhaeuser, Dr. Tao was the Corporate Director of Technology Partnerships for Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., a Fortune 500 industrial gases and chemicals company. He was responsible for worldwide external technology development, intellectual asset management, government contracting and licensing/technology transfer.  His contributions included the venture that commercialized a new family of polymers, a JV in which the company profited with over $200MM in invested capital, and IP value extraction of over $100MM in tax credits.

Dr. Tao currently serves on the Biomass R&D Technical Advisory Committee of the US DOE and USDA, the Advisory Committee for the National Science Foundation Budget and Operations, and the Advisory Board of the Chemical Engineering Department at Carnegie Mellon University. He is a member of the Industrial Advsiory Board of the Larta Institute and an Industrial Fellow of Center of Innovation Management Studies.   He is also a member of the Licensing Executive Society and of the Product Development and Marketing Association, and is a Fellow of the AIChE.  He also made the Intellectual Asset Management magazine’s final selection for IAM 300 : the world’s leading IP strategists for 2013.  In addition to serving as panel reviewers for proposals submitted to DOE/EERE, NSF and USDA, he is also serving as the chairman for the Peer Review panel for DOE’s Carbon Capture and Sequestration projects.

Previously, Dr. Tao was a board member of the Industrial Research Institute, the Lehigh Valley Ben Franklin Technology Partnership, and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.  He has served on many other boards, including those of  the Commercial Development Association,  Yet2.com, and the Penn State Research Foundation.  He was the chair of the External Technology Directors Network and the Science and Technology Policy Committee of the Industrial Research Institute, board chair of the Chemical Industry Environmental Technology Projects, and chair of the Management Committee of the Air Products/Imperial College Strategic Alliance, The Air Products Alliance with Georgia Tech and the Air Products/Penn State Research Alliance.

Dr. Tao holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University, an M.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware, and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Carnegie-Mellon. He has presented and published over 90 papers and has 9 patents.