As the Purdue Research Foundation's Vice President for the Office of Technology Commercialization, Chad Pittman oversees the protection of Purdue University's intellectual property and translation of innovations originating from Purdue research.
Chad Pittman, Vice President, Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization, Purdue Research Foundation. In his current capacity, he manages the development and implementation of strategies to commercialize Purdue technologies and serves as an engagement leader to the business community.
Previously, Pittman was the Chief of Staff and Executive Vice President for the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC), which is the state's leading economic development agency.
In his five years with the IEDC, Pittman recruited nearly 1,000 companies to Indiana that resulted in a projected 101,000 new jobs and brought $16 billion in capital investment to the state. He also has represented Indiana in hundreds of high-profile negotiations, including the Chrysler Group LLC expansion investment by that brought $1.5 billion to Indiana, the CityWay project in downtown Indianapolis, and the Rolls-Royce engineering consolidation that brought a $22 million facility to Indianapolis.
While serving in active duty for the U.S. Army, Pittman was a company commander in Operation Iraqi Freeman where he served two tours of duty in Iraq and earned a Bronze Star. He continues to serve as a major in the U.S. Army Reserves.
Before his deployment, Pittman worked as a corporate land developer with an Indianapolis-based homebuilding company. There he held roles including Corporate Director of New Markets and Land Development from 2005 to 2007 and Director of Government Affairs from 2004 and 2005. Previously, Pittman was an attorney with Bose, McKinney and Evans LLP, and Vice President of Finance for an Indianapolis-based startup.
Pittman is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from Indiana University. He also attended the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.
He was named to the Indianapolis Business Journal’s 2013 class of Forty Under 40, and he is a recipient of the Governor’s Distinguished Service Award, which was bestowed by then-Gov. Mitch Daniels. Pittman and his wife, Cristi, reside in Zionsville, Ind. with their four children.
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