Current Visiting Scholars and
Takayuki Sakai, PhD
Dr. Sakai is a Visiting Scholar at CCTEC to learn technology management and commercialization practices. He is currently Director of Kansai Technology Transfer Organization, the technology transfer office of Kyoto University, a position he has held since 2006. Prior to that, he was Assistant Director of Enterprise and Commercialization Division of Ritsumeikan University in Shiga, Japan from 1999 to 2006. Before that, he worked in the International Operation Division of Mitsubishi Motors as well as played rugby in the semi-professional team.
View Takayuki's presentation titled "Kyoto University's Technology Transfer Method".
Francisco Royano is a Visiting Scientist at CCTEC from Spain. During his visit at CCTEC, he hopes to advance his knowledge in technology management and gain additional experience in innovation promotion, especially in the clean technology industry. Francisco has a Bachelor's degree in Economics, University of Cantabria (Spain), and a Master of Business Administration, IESE, University of Navarra. He has many years of experience in the Public Sector Business Administration. He was Managing Director of the Regional Development Agency in Cantabria and responsible for Corporate Strategy in the area of Renewable Ocean Energy. He is experienced in the creation of startups and clusters, and a member of more than 20 Boards of Trustees at private and public companies.
View Francisco's presentation titled "Cornell University: Clean Energy Analysis".
Steven Freidmutter is a Visiting Entrepreneur at CCTEC, leveraging his knowledge and experience to promote Cornell innovations and technologies. Steven has had commercial successes in real estate development and financing, mainly in New York and Costa Rica. Prior to this, he was the Controller at a company that used Cornell-developed technology. He speaks English and Spanish and spends time in Ithaca, Austin, NYC, and Costa Rica.