Fred Tompkins – Chief Operating Officer & Cofounder

Upon returning from Vietnam-era service in the United States Marine Corps, Fred Tompkins earned engineering degrees through the Ph.D. at the University of Tennessee. He then joined the faculty at UT, and served there for more than 40 years as a faculty member (Distinguished Professor) and administrator (Dean of Engineering, Vice President for Research, President/CEO of the UT Research Foundation). Fred’s interest in strategies to successfully commercialize technologies accruing to research discoveries and inventions in the fields of science and engineering has led him to be involved in the launch of a number of start-up companies. Dr. Tompkins is a registered professional engineer in Tennessee.