Tom Estad

Tom Estad

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Cornell Peter and Stephanie Nolan School of Hotel Administration

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Tom Estad is a lecturer in management communication at the Cornell Peter and Stephanie Nolan School of Hotel Administration and the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management in the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business.

In addition to management communication, Estad's other passions are entrepreneurship and sustainability. He's taught courses and led workshops on pitching to investors, and has led multiple business study missions to Scandinavia, Southeast Asia, and New Zealand, where students learned about businesses and their challenges/opportunities in these regions.

Estad has coached industry and student teams in shaping their pitches for competitions, including the winning team from Brookhaven National Laboratories, which placed first in the Department of Energy's Office of Technology Transitions National Lab Accelerator Pitch Event in 2021, and Photonect, the Grand Prize Winner of the New York Business Plan Competition in 2022.

Estad taught for three decades in Singapore, first with the National University of Singapore, teaching technical communication for engineering majors and professional writing for English majors, and then with Singapore Management University, teaching management communication. Heserved as associate dean, undergraduate programmes for the Lee Kong Chian School of Business from 2011-2017 and as academic director for the SUTD/SMU Dual Degree Programme from 2013-2018.

Recent Courses

  • HADM 1650 - Business Writing for Hospitality Professionals
  • NBA 5680 - Management Presentations
  • NBA 5670 - Management Writing

Academic Degrees

  • MA English, Iowa State University, 1985
  • BS Education, Mayville State University, 1982