Senior Commercialization Manager
Doug Speight is Senior Commercialization Manager at Oak Ridge National Laboratory where he focuses on intellectual property management and technology commercialization opportunities. In addition to holding past leadership appointments at North Carolina A&T State University (NC A&T), he has ten years of technology transfer and commercialization experience with both NC A&T and NASA and seven years of entrepreneurial experience in a tech-based startup.
Speight formerly served as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Outreach & Economic Development at NC A&T where his duties included management of Technology Transfer, Venture Development and Economic Development activities. Speight was an active leader in developing technology transfer strategy and economic development policy for the sixteen-campus University of North Carolina System through his appointment to the Office of the President’s Economic Transformation Council. Prior to his role as Assistant Vice Chancellor, he served as Director for Technology Transfer & Commercialization, during which time NC A&T’s intellectual property portfolio expanded to five times its former size and contained diverse technologies from structural health monitoring systems for aerospace applications to nutriceuticals. Speight was also instrumental in launching four start-ups from NC A&T in biomedical diagnostics, medical devices, information technology and advanced materials, in addition to advising and mentoring over forty-one entrepreneurial companies..
As a technology transfer consultant for NASA, he worked with Kennedy (Florida), Stennis (Mississippi) and Marshall (Alabama) Space Flight Centers to market and license technologies from each of their intellectual property portfolios. Speight has played critical roles in launching an early-stage angel investment fund in the Charlotte, NC region, in addition to founding and serving as Principal Partner of a successful engineering design firm which serviced several Fortune 1000 manufacturing clients.
Speight holds a degree in Industrial Technology from North Carolina A&T State University and an MBA in finance and entrepreneurship from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.