Texas Tech officials have announced the appointment of a new vice chancellor.

Eli Velasquez has been appointed as associate vice chancellor for technology commercialization.

“I am pleased to lead the Texas Tech University System’s efforts of transferring its research to the marketplace, and building an innovation-based region,” said Velasquez. “Enabled with great research, supportive leadership, and a collaborative team, I am eager to contribute to the next set of successes across the system and West Texas.”

Velasquez will be responsible for managing intellectual property and technology transfer for each university within the Texas Tech system.

Tech Chancellor Kent Hance said that this particular position helps component institutions of the TTU system reach its research goals.

Velasquez has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Boston University and a law degree with an Intellectual Property Certificate from Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa, California.