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Dr. Eugene Cochran

Joint Faculty with ORNL

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Contact Information

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 2008, One Bethel Valley Road
Building 4500N, MS-6196
Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6196
Office Phone: 865-576-2830
Office Fax: 865-574-9241

Areas of Interest

  • Technology Transfer
  • Technology Commercialization
  • Patents Licensing
  • Interference Microscopy
  • Interferometric Metrology
  • Optical Testing
  • Optical Instrumentation


  • B.S., University of Arizona, 2015
  • A.S., Pima Community College, 2007
  • A.L.A., Pima Community College, 2007
  • AGEC-S Certification, Pima Community College, 2007
  • M.B.A., University of Arizona, 1992
  • Ph.D., University of Arizona, 1988
  • M.S., University of Arizona, 1984
  • B.S., University of Rochester, 1983


Eugene Cochran is a Senior Commercialization Manager at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) where his focus is on intellectual property management and technology commercialization. In addition to holding past technical staff positions with IBM, Perkin-Elmer, GCA/Tropel, and WYKO he has over eight years experience in the design and development of optical systems. Immediately prior to joining ORNL, Eugene served as a Senior Licensing Associate and the Sector Director for Physical Sciences at the University of Arizona Office For Technology Transfer. While in that position Eugene provided assistance to the faculty in perfecting patent rights, and helping to commercialize university based inventions and technologies. During his time at the university he also held the position of the Administrative Director, in the Center for Integrated Access Networks. As the Administrative Director he assisted in the management of an $18.5M plus budget of the NSF Engineering Research Center.

Cochran has over twenty years experience in the field of technology transfer and early stage venture development. Early in his career he served as a Director within the Commercialization Group of Research Corporation Technologies. In this position Eugene was responsible for the evaluation and commercialization of inventions in several fields including medical devices, biotechnology, physics, materials, and instrumentation. He gained considerable exposure to a broad range of technologies and markets, while demonstrating considerable success in licensing patents and starting, early-stage, high tech companies.

Cochran holds a PhD in Optical Sciences, a MBA with emphasis on Accounting and Finance, a MS in Optical Sciences, and BS degrees in Optical Engineering and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

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