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Werner G. Kuhr, Ph. D

Associate Vice President of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Werner G. Kuhr serves as Associate Vice President of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Texas Tech University, where he oversees TTU’s robust innovation ecosystem, which includes the Office of Research Commercialization (ORC), The Innovation Hub, the Northwest Texas Small Business Development Center (NWTSBDC), and he serves on the Board of the Texas Tech Research Park, Inc. (TTRP; a separate 501(c)(3) entity). The TTU innovation ecosystem supports TTU and Texas Tech Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) faculty, staff, and student entrepreneurs, as well as the entire West Texas region. Reporting to the Vice President for Research and Innovation (VP), the AVP I&E works closely with the VP, strategizing, energizing, and leading a focused Research and Innovation Office, and driving economic engagement with TTU’s innovation ecosystem. The AVP I&E serves as TTU’s primary point of contact for the university’s innovation, entrepreneurship, and economic development initiatives.


Previously, he served as Director of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO. He led both academic initiatives in entrepreneurship (via the McNeil Center for E&I) and technology commercialization efforts (via the Beck Venture Center) for the university. Prior to that, he served as the Technology Commercialization Director and the founding Director of the Stevens Venture Center at Stevens Institute of Technology. Prior to this, he was Vice President of Research at ZettaCore, Inc., a company he co-founded and helped sell into the semiconductor and printed circuit board industry.  ZettaCore was based on research performed while he was Professor of Chemistry at the University of California, Riverside. At UC Riverside, he ran a research program that graduated 25 Ph.D. and MS students in fifteen years, published roughly 100 papers (H-index =60) and received extramural funding in excess of $8 million. He has participated in the formation of five start-up technology companies, several of which were based on translation research in protein diagnostics and genomics.  Altogether, he helped raise roughly $95M in venture capital and return over $400M in equity to investors and shareholders.

Amy Mire | Executive Associate | Office of Research & Innovation

Amy Mire serves as Executive Associate to Kay Tindle, Interim Associate Vice President for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, and Associate Vice President for Strategic Initiatives. Amy has been with the Office of Research & Innovation for seven years and with Texas Tech University for 12 years. Her duties include administrative support for several Associate Vice Presidents, special projects, and assistance with administrating the Texas Tech Research Park Board.


Amy and her husband, Charles, moved to Lubbock in 1989 for Texas Instruments and quickly decided Lubbock was home. Amy earned her undergraduate degree in Anthropology and History from North Texas State University in 1988. They have three children, David Mire (wife Erin) who is an electrician; Katy Frost (husband Zach, children Hagen, Tobias, Brantley, and Walker) who is Assistant Vice President of E-Solutions at Alliance Credit Union; and Sarah-Clementine Mire, 2018 Texas Tech University Talkington College of Visual and Performing Arts Bachelor of Music, 2020 University of Tennessee Master of Music in Vocal Performance, currently performing at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. When not playing with her grandchildren, Amy enjoys traveling and genealogy.

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