Students and faculty in the Tickle College of Engineering with a touch of business acumen will get a boost starting Sept. 12, as Angelique Adams begins her role as the college’s entrepreneur-in-residence.
Through her position, Adams will use her innovation expertise to help members of the college turn their ideas into marketable products and connect them with additional resources.
“We are very excited to welcome Dr. Adams to the college and eager for her to begin helping turn dreams into reality,” said Dean Matthew Mench, the Wayne T. Davis Dean’s Chair of the college. “The entrepreneurial spirit thrives in this college, and she will help take those efforts to the next level.”
Adams will be located in room 100D on the ground floor of the Zeanah Engineering Complex on Mondays and Thursdays from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
“I’m happy for this opportunity and enthusiastic about being able to help people bring their concepts to fruition,” said Adams. “I look forward to getting started and seeing all of the wonderful ideas that people have.”
She said that she wants to build out a roadmap for how people can make the next move in their solution development, noting the resources that the college has, the presence of the UT Research Foundation and the close relationship between it and the college, and the innovation-based ecosystem in the area.
Adams also has her own experience to help guide her. She has over 25 years of experience in operations, strategy, and innovation including serving as director of technology development at aluminum giant Alcoa, and chief innovation officer at multibillion dollar European steelmaker, Aperam.
She has recently launched her own entrepreneurial venture as CEO of Angelique Adams Media Solutions, a distribution platform for her books, training, and coaching programs for scientists and engineers.
All of which will help her and the people she meets with achieve their goals.
“I’ve helped scientists and engineers turn their ideas into marketable products and services my whole career,” Adams said. “What I’ve found works best is a mix of business and innovation strategy and practical know-how. I am here to help spark curiosity and to help people learn how to take the next steps.”
She earned her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degree from Penn State University in 1997, 2002, and 2004, respectively, with the first one coming in chemical engineering and the other two in fuel science. She also has an executive MBA from MIT, which she earned in 2018.