Tello's research interests include technology innovation and cluster development, business incubation, student entrepreneurship and technology-facilitated management education. He has published in a number of prestigious journals including the Journal of Small Business Management, Journal of Small Business & Entrepreneurship, Management Decision and the International Journal of Technology Transfer & Commercialization. He has also raised approximately $6 million in foundation and state grant funds to support campus educational and economic development efforts.
As Senior Assoc. Vice Chancellor for Entrepreneurship & Economic Development Steven Tello champions the development, coordination and implementation of strategic initiatives related to commercialization, entrepreneurship, and economic development. His office oversees the student-focused DifferenceMaker® program, the faculty-centered New Venture Initiative, the Office of Technology Commercialization and the University’s successful incubator programs, the Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center and the Innovation Hub.
In 2012, he launched DifferenceMaker®, a program that engages over 5000 students annually in innovation and entrepreneurship activities across academic programs. Most recently, he oversaw the development and launch of the University’s Innovation Hub, and expansion of M2D2 in a 22,000-squre-foot venture facility in Lowell’s Hamilton Canal Innovation District.
Tello is a tenured associate professor in the Manning School of Business, where he founded the university’s undergraduate entrepreneurship program and the interdisciplinary master's of science in Innovation and Technological Entrepreneurship. These joint appointments allow him to combine his passion for teaching with his penchant for building innovative and entrepreneurial programs.
Tello received his Doctorate of Education in Leadership in Schooling from the Graduate School of Education at the University of Massachusetts Lowell in 2002. He received his M.B.A. from the Isenberg School of Management at the University Massachusetts Amherst and has a B.A. in sociology from the University of Lowell and an M. Ed. In Management from Cambridge College.