Dr. Bill F. McCutchen has been employed by Texas A&M AgriLife Research since 2006.
McCutchen facilitates oversight and direction of research programs across AgriLife Research. His mission includes the development and implementation of strategic research initiatives across biological sciences to include the facilitation of university and industry relationships. McCutchen also works closely with the Office of Technology Commercialization to facilitate the development of intellectual property from research and development across Texas A&M AgriLife.
McCutchen earned his bachelor’s in 1987 and master’s in 1989, both in entomology, from Texas A&M University and was awarded Texas A&M’s Distinguished Graduate Student Research Award in 1989. He received his doctorate in entomology from the University of California-Davis in 1993 and was awarded the Young Scientist Award from the American Chemical Society in 1992.
Before coming to AgriLife Research he was employed with DuPont Agriculture & Nutrition, where he was named a DuPont Research Fellow in 2002 and oversaw crop protection research and development across both agricultural biotechnology and chemistry programs. He has been granted and retains over 30 patents and pending patent applications. As DuPont’s herbicide product champion, he led an effort to develop a new generation of dual-herbicide-tolerant transgenic crops, including corn, soybeans, and cotton, and a new-generation weed-management solutions trademarked as Optimum GATTM. In addition, he provided research leadership, coordination, and fiscal oversight for development, evaluation, and commercialization across a global platform of university and industry scientists, regulatory agencies, and stakeholder groups.