Dr. Thomas H. Byers
Dr. Thomas H. Byers Gordon Prize
Professor of Management Science and Engineering and Faculty Director, Stanford Technology Ventures Program, Stanford University
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Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education
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Tom Byers is a professor at Stanford University where he focuses on technology entrepreneurship education. He is founder and a faculty director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP), which serves as the entrepreneurship center for the engineering school. STVP includes the Mayfield Fellows work/study program, Entrepreneurs Corner website of teaching resources, and a set of global Roundtable on Entrepreneurship Education conferences. Tom is also a faculty director of the AEA/Stanford Executive Institute, a general management program for technology executives. Tom is co-author of a popular textbook called "Technology Ventures: From Idea to Enterprise" published by McGraw-Hill.

Tom currently serves on the governing boards of BioFuelBox, Flywheel Ventures, and MyThings. In addition, he serves on advisory councils of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Entrepreneurship, American Society for Engineering Education's Entrepreneurship Division, Harvard Business School's California Research Center, UC Berkeley's Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, and the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) for inner-city youth. Previously, Tom lectured at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley and held visiting professor appointments at both the London Business School and University College London. Tom has a range of business experience including executive vice president and general manager of Symantec Corporation and the president of Slate Corporation. Tom started his professional career at Accenture.

For his efforts at Stanford, Tom holds endowed chairs in both engineering entrepreneurship and one known as the McCoy University Fellow in Undergraduate Education. Tom has received its Gores Award for excellence in teaching (the university's highest award) and its Tau Beta Pi Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching (the engineering school's highest award). He is a recipient of several recent national teaching awards: the Olympus Innovation Award from the NCIIA, the ASEE Kauffman Award for excellence in engineering and technology entrepreneurship education, the USASBE Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year Award, and the Leavey Award for excellence in private enterprise education. In 2004, STVP was named the NASDAQ Entrepreneurship Center of the Year. In the past, Tom was named Northern California Entrepreneur of the Year in Ernst & Young's competition and was given the Academy of Management's Innovation in Entrepreneurship Teaching Award and Price-Babson's Appel Prize for bringing entrepreneurial vitality to academia.

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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  • Gordon
  • 2009
  • Promoting engineering leadership by developing and disseminating technology entrepreneurship educational resources for engineering students and educators around the world.