Dr. Bill McCutchen, Executive Associate Director
Texas A&M AgriLife Research - College Station, TX
Phone: 979-845-8486
Fax: 979-458-4765


Dr. Bill McCutchen began his role as an Associate Director of Texas A&M AgriLife Research within the Texas A&M University System in April 2006. He was promoted to Executive Associate Director in December 2010.

McCutchen, a native Texan, facilitates oversight and direction of research programs across Texas A&M AgriLife Research. His mission includes the development and implementation of strategic research initiatives. McCutchen has been instrumental in facilitating the development of numerous research initiatives across corporate, federal and state partnerships totalling in excess of $60M in sponsored research since joining AgriLife. He also helps facilitate the development of intellectual property 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 from the University of California-Davis in 1993 and was awarded the Young Scientist Award from the American Chemical Society in 1992.

McCutchen comes to Texas A&M AgriLife Research from 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. In 2007, McCutchen was presented with the Henry Wallace Agricultural Revolution Impact Award, which is DuPont’s and Pioneer’s most prestigious research award for agriculture. He has been granted and retains over 70 patents. McCutchen received the 2011 Excellence in Innovation Award for the Texas A&M University System in Recognition of Innovative Research and Commercialization. McCutchen is on several executive committees and boards and was the Chair of the National Agricultural Biotechnology Council in 2011.

2012 Growing Texas Conference

October 4: Bio-based Fuels Panel, Moderator

As session chair, an overview of the session topics will be provided to include the implications of water use for bioenergy production. Water is required for feedstock production – rainfall and irrigation for lignocellulosic feedstocks and non-potable water for algae production. Optimized use of water for feedstock production will be critical for sustainable production. In addition to feedstock production, high quality process water is required for conversion processes. All forms of energy conversion, both fossil-based and bio-based require process water and this consumption of water must also be considered in water balance evaluations for comparison. In this session, three presentations will be given; 1) on the production of both lignocellulosic feedstocks; 2) on algal feedstock production; and 3) an economic/policy presentation on the true cost of production. The focus will be to identify opportunities to improve life cycle costs and water consumption to assure sustainable production.