T. James Rudd
National Science Foundation
Program Manager for SBIR
Dr. Rudd joined the National Science Foundation (NSF) in July 2001 as a Program Manager in the Small Business Innovation Research Program, a $150 million grant program supporting small business development in advanced materials, biotechnology, electronics and information technology. He is currently a Program Director (Expert) in the Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP) division at NSF and has overall responsibility for the SBIR/STTR MatchMaker program at NSF, which matches grantee companies with investors and industrial partners to aid in successful commercialization of their technology. He also has responsibility for grants involving nanotechnology in SBIR/STTR program and is a member of the Nanoscale Science, Engineering and Technology (NSET) subcommittee of the President’s National Science and Technology Council and is an authority on commercializing nanotechnology through small business. In 2007, Dr. Rudd was appointed to the Cyber-Enabled Discovery and Innovation (CDI) coordinating group to launch an important new NSF initiative involving potentially transformative, multidisciplinary research based on computational thinking. In 2009, Dr. Rudd launched a new program at NSF concerning Industry-inspired Fundamental Research (IFR) to make fundamental research programs at NSF more responsive to industrial research needs particularly in sustainable materials.
Before joining NSF, Dr. Rudd spent over twenty years in senior R&D management positions in the manufacturing industry involving advanced materials; electronics; and special machinery. His position before joining NSF was Corporate Director of Technology for Dexter Corporation, a Fortune 500 specialty materials company headquartered in Connecticut specializing in adhesives and composites, electronic packaging materials, non-wovens and cell culture and molecular biology products. Prior to that Dr. Rudd was Vice President of Technology and Engineering for Mallory Controls an electrical/electronics unit of Emhart Corporation, a multinational, widely diversified producer of industrial and consumer products, and information and electronic systems. Earlier he was a Division Manager at ENSCO, Inc a small company specializing in instrumentation and testing for transportation systems. Prior to that he was a Member of the Technical Staff of Bellcomm, a unit of Bell Laboratories, working on the NASA Apollo program and with the AT&T Switching Systems Group in Holmdel, NJ.
Dr. Rudd received his Ph.D in Applied Mechanics from the University of California at Berkeley, and his MBA in Industrial Marketing from the University of Hartford. A native of the U.K., Dr. Rudd received his engineering training with the Dowty Group, an aerospace and hydraulics company, and obtained his B.Sc. with honors in Mechanical Engineering from London University. He taught engineering at the college level before emigrating to the U.S. in 1965.
He is a member of the ASME, AIAA, IEEE, ACS, TMS and IMechE (U.K) and past member of the Board of Directors of the Industrial Research Institute and the Board of Trustees of the Science Center of Connecticut.