Tom Culver

Senior Innovation Advisor

Tom Culver


  • BS, Optical Engineering, University of Rochester

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Tom Culver has nearly 20 years of experience in innovation management and technology commercialization experience. He specializes in strategic innovation consulting, helping to facilitate innovation events and presenting on a wide variety of innovation management topics, including technology scouting and market intelligence.

Culver delivers innovation advising and open innovation services to Fortune 500 companies like PepsiCo, PPG Industries, and Newell Rubbermaid, in addition to developing new innovation programs for large government clients like the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He has also assessed more than 175 technologies for potential commercialization and provided dozens of customer market analyses.

In addition to engineering expertise in the materials, design, and fabrication of optics and optical coatings honed at Diamonex, Inc., and Litton Itek Optical Systems, Culver has an extensive background in surface modification and coatings; advanced photonics and micro- and nanotechnologies; sensors and sensor systems; and emerging green chemistry and biopolymer technologies.