The Team

Paul Latiolais, Director

Paul Latiolais is the Director of the Center for Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship at Lamar University, which serves as an incubator for emerging technology under development at the university. The center’s purpose is to bring emerging technologies out of research and prepare them for the marketplace leveraging expertise from Lamar’s colleges of engineering, science, and business. Paul holds the Ben J. Rogers Director position for the Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies (IES) and is a professor in business management in the College of Business.

Paul has extensive industry experience in engineering technology, business development, and product launch to major companies, including Intel, Cisco, Apple, Samsung, General Motors, and Fiat. He has initiated numerous technology products in the semiconductor/hi-tech industries and managed the lifecycle process from product development, incubation, launch, marketing, and next-generation introduction. Paul worked with technology global leaders such as Synopsys, Inc. (NASDQ:SNPS), Mentor Graphics Corp. (NASDAQ:MENT), Schlumberger, and Northrop-Grumman across the US including San Jose, CA and Portland, OR. Latiolais holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University, an MBA from George Fox University (Newberg, OR), and a Technology Management Certificate from Oregon Health Sciences University (Portland, OR).

Dr. David L. Cocke, Associate Director

Dr. Cocke is the endowed Jack M. Gill Professor of Chemical Engineering at Lamar University, with over 300 publications and over $20 million in funded research projects. He has extensive experience running and managing major research projects in industry and in universities.  His Ph.D. research involved the discovery of new alloys and measuring their atomic binding energies. He spent 3 years in Germany working at two Max Planck Institutes where he pioneered the study of nanostructured catalysts at atomic resolution. He spent seven years in industry (UOP) as a group leader of materials design and characterization, catalyst design and handled projects for 32 divisions of Signal Companies from electronics to corrosion.

As a professor at Texas A&M, he developed a major surface and interface analysis system to study catalysts under operational conditions, acting as Texas A&M University Surface Science Center Director and the Director of Materials Science. He founded a plasma instrument company to modify soft tissue implants to avoid thrombosis and an Environmental Materials company, producing super absorbants from coal combustion byproducts and agricultural waste for environmental applications. He has been studying wellness biochemistry since 2006 and has co-founded two companies that are involved with health care products and data analysis, focusing on nutrition and supplements for specific health and wellness conditions. He is also a co-founder of an Energy R&D company. He is currently developing the TxState Institute for Energy Excellence. 

At Lamar University Dr. Cocke became Director of the Environmental Sciences Laboratory, first holder of the Gill Chair, Director of the Lamar Fuel Cell Center, and the Sustainability Officer and Associate Director for the new Center for Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship.