Alex Athey

Alex Athey, PhD
Executive in Residence

  • Cofounder and C-suite leader of a portfolio of ventures in AgTech, SmartCities, and FinTech sectors
  • Expert consultant for Department of Energy and Department of Defense innovation efforts, acting as a trusted strategic and technical advisor for the government’s most critical missions.
  • Project manager for $5-10M per year multi-institution R&D efforts involving worldwide contributions including Fortune 50 companies and best-in-class research organizations.
  • Deep technology knowledge across multiple fields of discipline including physics, remote sensing, energy generation, cybersecurity, financial markets, physical security, and insider threat.
  • Mentor for dozens of startups via accelerators/incubators at Clean Tech Open, Austin Technology Incubator, Student Entrepreneurship Acceleration and Launch, Texas Venture Mentors, and Surge Accelerator. Invited to speak national SBIR/STTR conference on topic of partnering with academia.
  • 15+ years in academic research at The University of Texas at Austin and Carnegie Institute.
  • BA from Pomona College and PhD in Astrophysics from University of Michigan.
  • Passionate supporter of courageous and driven individuals in their pursuit of entrepreneurial and educational opportunities.

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