David Sims is a Commercialization Manager in the Partnerships Directorate at the United States Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) which is operated and managed by UT-Battelle, LLC. David is responsible for portfolio management and licensing of UT-Battelle’s intellectual property associated with buildings, computational, and transportation technologies.
David joined ORNL with many years of experience in the private sector specific to small business operations. His prior roles include job foreman, retail assistant manager, marketing research project manager, treasurer, and owner. Similarly, he has several years of community service as an active member and leader in local civic, religious, and government organizations. Prior to his current appointment, David served as an intern on the directorate’s analyst team while attending graduate school at the University of Tennessee (UT). Thereafter, he served as analyst and team project manager under an ORNL subcontract. He earned an M.S. in Information Science from UT, specializing in information management specific to science and technology. David has a diverse undergraduate background, including work in communication, marketing, accounting, anthropology, and geology. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Communication and Information at UT. He is a member of the Association of University Technology Managers.