Konrad T. Kmetz

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E.I.DuPont deNemours Company, Agricultural Products Business as Six Sigma Master Black Belt with international agriculture experience in more than 45 countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Career expertise built on crop protection, field biology, research management, business development and project management competencies. Have acquired significant experience leading people in research and project team operations. Have focused competency on product development resulting in $250 million new business revenue during a 31 and half-year career. Post Dupont career as a consultant at the University of Delaware working in several science and technology areas.


  • Research facilities planning, design and start-up including two laboratory and three farm locations.
  • Established R&D infrastructure in developing nations, such as India and China.
  • Venture start-up in plant disease diagnostics, rice biotechnology and non-agricultural product businesses.
  • Core expertise as a Fungicide Project Manager in bringing candidate compounds through a 7-10 year commercialization process to market.
  • Managed research and field organizations of up to 30 people.
  • Managed R&D budgets of up to $25 million.
  • Lead R&D in Latin America and Asia Pacific resulting in introduction of four new products and extension of twenty current products resulting in $100 million new revenue.
  • Saved $500 million claim damage not paid to claimants during Benlate Resolution process.
  • Significant role in developing State of Delaware Science and Technology Plan.
  • Integrated business management practices into University of Delaware Intellectual Property Center processes.


Consultant – July 2007- present

Several science and technology roles at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware including developing and managing the State of Delaware Science and Technology Plan, redesigning and upgrading the Intellectual Property Center at UD, working on the EPSCoR grant team and initiating and implementing with former CANR Dean Robin Morgan and current Dean Mark Rieger the Grow Delaware initiative. Accepted three consulting assignments in June 2011 for DuPont Agricultural Products involving aminocyclopyraclor-based herbicide products.

E.I.DuPont deNemours Company – January 1976- June 2007

  1. Project Manager-Six Sigma Master Black Belt – 2000-2007
    Using Six Sigma methodologies, lead projects for re-opening Stine Research Farm; New Fungicide ($14 million investment, $8 million current sales, $50 million peak sales forecasted for 2011); Global Non-Ag Products Business ($20 million investment, current sales $15 million, forecasted $90 million for 2011); Global Fungicide candidate ($3.7 million investment through 2006, future sales forecasted $175 million for 2015); Global Fungicide candidate ($800,000 2007 budget, future sales of $60 million).
  2. Project Leader, Rice Biotechnology – 1998-2000
    Led scoping, business plan and interaction with venture partners to identify business opportunity with genetically modified hybrid rice in Asia.
  3. Development & Registration Manager, Latin America & Asia Pacific – 1993-1998
    Directly managed 20 field biology and registration personnel; accountable for $25 million budget. Responsible for R&D infrastructure in 22 countries.
  4. Technical Claims Assessor, Benlate Resolution Team – 1991-1993
    Applied scientific principles to insurance claims process with Benlate Fungicide.
  5. Project Leader, Plant Disease Diagnostics – 1989-1991
    Managed $20 million investment for diagnostic assays in multiple plant diseases.
  6. Fungicide Development Manager, Global – 1988-1989
    Competency leader for Biology, Formulations, Registration and other technical areas of $400 million Fungicide Portfolio.
  7. Development & Registration Manager, DuPont Canada – 1984-1988
    Directly managed 15 field biology and registration personnel; accountable for $12 million budget. Member of core management team to build sulfonylurea herbicide portfolio.
  8. Research Supervisor, Insect Control – 1981-1984
    Led 29 scientists in discovery process for new insect control products.
  9. Research Supervisor, Plant Disease Control – 1980-1981
    Led 24 scientists in discovery process for new plant disease control products.
  10. Fungicide Development Manager, U.S. – 1979-1980
    Competency leader for Biology, Formulations, Registration and other technical areas of $75 million U.S. Fungicide Portfolio.
  11. Field Development Rep (OH, MI, IN, KY) – 1976-1979
    Field biology research conducted in personal field trials and in collaboration with university investigators.


  • Ph.D. Plant Pathology, The Ohio State University – Columbus, Ohio
  • M.S. Plant Pathology, The Ohio State University – Columbus, Ohio
  • B.S. Botany, Ohio University – Athens, Ohio
  • Six-Sigma Master Black Belt Certified


U.S. Army, Vietnam Veteran


Physical conditioning including weight training and running; play baseball, basketball and tennis; Coach basketball; gardening; ballroom dancing and model railroading.