Steven B. Wilson has a Masters in Business Administration from Pepperdine University with a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Cal-Poly and a minor in avionics technology. He has over 30 years of experience in manufacturing operations. He started his professional career at McDonnell Douglas, first in manufacturing then as a flight test engineer. He went on to manage in the design office and key programs for the Boeing Company. Steve later participated in an executive rotation program at Boeing that included two years each managing manufacturing, product development, supply chain, finance, sales and marketing, and strategic planning. He then operated his own consulting firm, which led to a transition from a consulting contract with the University of Michigan (now Ross) business school to a permanent position at the university. For the past 12 years, Steve has developed and executed business assistance programs at the University of Michigan. The many successful programs have been centered on manufacturing, high tech start-ups and commercialization in various sectors of science, technology and advanced manufacturing. Currently at the University of Michigan Economic Growth Institute, Steve is a Senior Research Program Officer and directs Technology Innovation and Commercialization Services, including the Small Company Innovation Program (SCIP), Technology and Commercialization Assistance (TCA) and First Customer Programs.