Steven B. Wilson is a Senior Research Program Officer, Director of Innovation Services and Associate Director of the Economic Growth Institute at the University of Michigan; he also teaches graduate level innovation and technology commercialization courses in the University of Michigan College of Engineering Center for Entrepreneurship. Steve has over 30 years of experience in leadership, product development and manufacturing operations. He started his professional career at McDonnell Douglas, first in manufacturing then as a flight test engineer. He moved on to manage in the design office and key programs for the Boeing Company. Later as an executive at Boeing, Steve directed manufacturing, product development, supply chain, finance, sales and marketing, and strategic planning. After Boeing, he operated his own consulting firm supporting high-tech startups and various business operations, 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 created and deployed business assistance and technology innovation programs at the University of Michigan. The many highly successful programs have been centered on manufacturing, high tech start-ups and commercialization in various sectors of science, technology and advanced manufacturing. He developed, directed and was Principal Investigator for the Department of Defense Manufacturing Assistance Program at the University of Michigan Economic Growth Institute, and currently is Director and Principal Investigator for the Department of Defense Cybersecurity Assurance Program, The Small Company Innovation Program (SCIP), Technology and Commercialization Assistance (TCA) and First Customer Programs. Steve holds an MBA from Pepperdine University, a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Cal-Poly, and executive education in Measurement and Control of Organizational Performance from the University of Michigan, Ross.