Our Faculty Dr. Teresa Jurgens-Kowal

Teresa is President of Global NP Solutions, LLC, a strategic innovation provider. She is an accomplished visionary and results-oriented professional with extensive industry experience from creative research to effective portfolio and project management through implementation of new product development and project management processes.

Prior to founding Global NP Solutions in 2009, Dr. Jurgens-Kowal acquired over 12 years of experience in leadership and management positions with ExxonMobil Chemical Company and two decades as a practicing Chemical Engineer. Her corporate career encompassed various functions, including New Product Development, Portfolio Management, Licensing, Marketing, Logistics and Supply Chain, Manufacturing, Project Management and Research Technology. She worked on R&D in the oxo-alcohol process and process improvements / project management in polyethylene. She also worked as a product manager in zeolite catalysts for ethylbenzene and cumene production.

Teresa has extensive experience leading successful teams, defining the business and innovation strategies, and implementing process improvements through project management. Her deep expertise in product and process licensing, portfolio planning, and product development / project management processes make her an ideal teacher and trusted advisor who knows both the theory and practices of innovation and project management.

Dr. Jurgens-Kowal earned a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho, a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering (emphasis in surface science) from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, and MBA (emphasis in Computer and Information Decision-Making) from West Texas A&M University (on-line). She is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Louisiana since 1998. Teresa is a certified New Product Development Professional (NPDP) by the Product Development Management Association (PDMA) and Global NP Solutions, LLC, is a Registered Education Provider (REP) with PDMA. Teresa has been a licensed Project Management Professional (PMP®) with the Project Management Institute (PMI®) since 2012.

Teresa holds chemical process and catalyst patents, and is published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society and Journal of Physical Chemistry. She is the Book Review Editor for PDMA and founder of the popular Linked In group, The Innovator’s Book Club. She has most recently presented topics on innovation strategy at the Society of Polyolefins Engineers, project management at AIChE (Southeast Texas Section), career development at AIChE’s Process Development Symposium), and portfolio management at the Houston PMI Conference.

Currently, Dr. Jurgens-Kowal teaches general business and project management at Colorado Technical University (CTU Online) and process technology at San Jacinto College. She is a member of PDMA, PMI, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), the American Society of Engineering Management (ASEM), and a frequent participant at the Houston Chapter of Association for Talent Development (ATD, formerly the American Society of Training and Development). Teresa has an office in Houston, Texas. In her free time, she enjoys bicycling and scrapbooking – but not at the same time!