Matt is the Statewide Director of Research and Innovation at Purdue University. In this capacity he works across Indiana to broaden faculty and student research, innovation, and entrepreneurship opportunities, to provide students with transformative experiences in research and innovation that are aligned with the needs of industry and society, to build collaborative research and partnerships with stakeholders across Indiana, and to develop the statewide vision for the new Purdue Polytechnic Institute. Matt served as Director of Purdue’s College of Technology at Lafayette, Indiana within Lafayette’s Subaru facility. In this capacity he was the senior Purdue University administrative officer, built program enrollment, supervised student services, represented the college and the university in all economic and community development activities, maintained alumni relations, and handled all community relations with business, public schools, and other post-secondary institutions.
Previously Matt was the founding Managing Director of the Tech Ventures start-up accelerator at Purdue. In this capacity, Matt advised student and faculty start-ups, identified innovative technologies, built strategic relationships, engaged the technology and entrepreneurial community, handled business affairs and built a course series and mentor network. While with Purdue, Matt has served as a National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corps (i-Corps) business mentor, been certified as a Lean LaunchPad educator, been funded to create a new start-up curriculum, served TEDx Purdue students as the faculty advisor and was granted a fellowship with CONNECT Springboard; a San Diego start-up accelerator. Matt wrote the blueprint Purdue is using to dramatically improve its entrepreneurial ecosystem. On the side, Matt provides strategy and economic development consulting for businesses.
In his first position at Purdue, Matt was responsible for corporate sponsored programs and industrial and government engagement for the College of Technology. While in this role, Matt helped triple research funding and started a collaborative faculty and industry based alternative aviation fuel center. In addition to his background in academia, high tech, industry, economic development and government, Matt has extensive international and entrepreneurial experience. Matt’s last manager at Procter & Gamble (P&G) asked Matt to join him at Katra, an Indian multinational, as CEO of Katra Healthcare USA. During a successful technology and management career at P&G, Matt helped start Procter & Gamble’s operation in Portugal. He also founded high tech firms in Europe and the USA. Matt has led international trade missions to Europe and Asia, launched a successful certified technology park, formed a state-wide economic development organization for growing technology entrepreneurship, and conducted research on turning more university discoveries into commercializable opportunities.
Matt served the people of Kokomo, Indiana as mayor where he pulled the city out of what the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns said was the worst financial crisis to hit any Indiana city and was recognized by the US Conference of Mayors and the National League of Cities for quality of life improvements. Matt also earned a fellowship on “Governing in the Global Age” at the George Washington University. Matt graduated with highest distinction from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems and a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and was honored by Purdue as a 2005 Distinguished Alumnus (see https://polytechnic.purdue.edu/alumni-profiles/matthew-mckillip).
Matt and his wife, Heather, have a daughter, Sara, and enjoy being active in their community and church.
More available at https://www.linkedin.com/in/mmckillip
Master of Science, Organization Leadership; research = Accelerating the Transfer of Purdue Discoveries
Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA, GPA: 4.0/4.0
Bachelor of Science, Computer Information Systems
Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA
- Graduated with Highest Distinction, GPA: 6.0/6.0
Lean Launch Pad Educator, for the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (i-corps), National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance, University of California Berkeley, USA
Certified Data Processor; AITP (Association of Information Technology Professionals
Distinguished Technology Alumnus, Purdue University
Committeeman; National League of Cities Information Technology and Communications Committee
Mayoral Leadership Award; US Conference of Mayors
Governor Appointee - Indiana Land Resource Council - Indiana Department of Agriculture
Fellowship, Connect Springboard, Economic Development and Business Accelerator, San Diego, California
Fellowship, Governing in the Global Age at George Washington University
Providing strategy, innovation, and economic development advisory services to companies.