Bio


Tom Byers holds the Entrepreneurship Professorship endowed chair in the Stanford University School of Engineering where he focuses on innovation and entrepreneurship education. He has been a faculty director since inception of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP), which serves as the entrepreneurship center in the engineering school.

For his efforts at Stanford in the past, Tom is a Bass University Fellow in Undergraduate Education. Tom has also received Stanford's Gores Award for teaching (the university's highest award) and its Tau Beta Pi Award for undergraduate teaching in the engineering school. The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) awarded him the 2009 Gordon Prize, which is the profession's highest honor recognizing innovation in engineering and technology education.

Academic Appointments


Honors & Awards


  • Innovation in Pedagogy Award, Academy of Management (1998)
  • Tau Beta Pi Award, Stanford University (2002)
  • Kauffman Award, American Society of Engineering Education (2005)
  • Gores Award, Stanford University (2005)
  • Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year Award, United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (2005)
  • Olympus Innovation Award, NCIIA (2007)
  • Gordon Prize, National Academy of Engineering (2009)
  • Fellow in Undergraduate Education, Bass University (2002)
  • Entrepreneurship Professorship in the School of Engineering, Stanford University (2012-present)

Professional Education


  • MBA, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley
  • PhD, UC Berkeley, Business Administration (Management Science)

Journal Articles


Books and Book Chapters


  • Technology Ventures: From Idea to Enterprise Byers, T. H., Dorf, R. C., Nelson, A. J. McGraw-Hill. 2011