Ronald J. Steuterman is managing director for IN-MaC, Indiana’s Next Generation Manufacturing Competitiveness Center, and CMSC, the Composites Manufacturing & Simulation Center, which houses Purdue’s portion of the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI). IN-MaC is a state funded program focused on rebuilding manufacturing pre-competitive in Indiana and the United States via a comprehensive, integrated approach that includes education from K-12 through to the PhD, strong links to applied research and technology transfer, and fluid connection to Purdue’s leading edge research programs. IACMI, a DOE funded Manufacturing Innovation Institute led by the University of Tennessee, was awarded in 2015 and is focused on bringing cost competitive manufacturing of composite material components to automotive, wind, and gas storage applications. Purdue hosts the Manufacturing Design, Modeling, and Simulation Technology Area, one of five Technology Areas within IACMI.
Mr. Steuterman’s education includes a BS Industrial Management (engineering minor), Purdue University, MS (Management/Finance), Purdue University, PhD studies in Purdue University’s College of Education, certification as a Phillip Crosby Quality Education System instructor, and various courses in intellectual property, technology licensing, and joint venture negotiation and management, taken at the World Trade Institute, Association of University Technology Managers, and Licensing Executive Society.
Steuterman joined Purdue in 1995 following 18 years in industry. His past university roles include serving as managing director for Purdue’s Energy Center in Discovery Park beginning with its inception in 2005, associate director of Purdue University’s Burton D. Morgan (BDM) Center for Entrepreneurship, director of the National Science Foundation and Lilly Endowment funded Innovation Realization Lab (IRL), and associate director of corporate and foundation relations. Mr. Steuterman’s past business experience includes the launch of Western Petroleum Services International Company, a captive entity of The Western Company of North America (WCNA). He was responsible for the company's joint venture development and technology transfer programs in South America and Europe, generating $700K in annual profits within four years of start-up. Immediately prior to joining Purdue Mr. Steuterman served as Assistant Treasurer for WCNA, managing cash balances of $100 million and assisting in the negotiation of a $450 million acquisition loan facility. His career at WCNA and earlier at Texas Instruments also included assignments in corporate planning, systems development, and marketing