Dick Daugherty knows technology, business, and the academic world. An engineer by training — a 1963 bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Virginia Tech, master’s in mechanical and aerospace engineering, and doctorate in engineering mechanics, both from the University of Delaware — Daugherty spent eight years at Delaware as a faculty member and assistant dean of engineering before moving to the corporate world.
He managed corporate ventures at Exxon and Atlantic Richfield before joining Alcan Aluminum, where he stayed 18 years. There, he headed up product development and business opportunity review efforts at the company’s centers and labs in Canada, England, and Cambridge, Mass. As director of Alcan’s fabrication research and development center in Kingston, Ontario, he led a 100-person materials and product development effort. Daugherty was also part of the company’s global management team that set research and development strategy and was responsible for developing the annual technology plan and meeting its objectives.
Joining Virginia Tech in 2004 as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Management, Daugherty was appointed BTC director in June 2005.