Mark Sanders

Mark Sanders

Mark Sanders, PhD

Donald Osell - Gemini Chair in Entrepreneurship, MOT Faculty, Technological Leadership Institute


PhD in Building Energy and Environment
University of Texas at Austin

MS in Engineering Project Management
University of Texas at Austin

MBA in Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Babson College

BS in Architectural Engineering
University of Texas at Austin


The University’s campaign of “Driven to Discover” is spot-on yet incomplete.  Great discoveries are measured by their impact on the world.  Scientists and engineers must also be “Inspired to Innovate” and have the “Courage to Commercialize”.  As the Donald Osell - Gemini Chair in Entrepreneurship, Mark’s passion is working with curious people to become inspired and courageous agents of change.  Prior to becoming a Golden Gopher, he served as the Deputy Director of the Austin Technology Incubator at the University of Texas at Austin; the longest-running technology incubator in the United States. A successful entrepreneur, he founded a technology-led environmental remediation company which was acquired by a national firm.  Following the sale of his company, he spent time at Berkeley Lab in Silicon Valley commercializing technologies while also supporting UC Berkeley’s Lab to Market program.  


MS in Management of Technologies
MS in Medical Device Innovation
MS in Security Technologies

Research Interests
  • Cleantech
  • AgTech
  • Circular Economy
  • Healthcare Technologies
  • EdTech


  • Startups
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation
  • Technology Commercialization