Walter H. Plosila has extensive experience in the public
and private as well as non-profit sectors. He is recognized for his innovative
approaches to issues such as business-higher education partnerships and
publicly-spurred entrepreneurship strategies. He has been responsible for
such nationally recognized model programs as the Ben Franklin Partnerships
(Pennsylvania), industry-led high technology regional trade associations
(Maryland), and industry roadmaps (North Carolina).
Dr. Plosila is Vice President, Technology Partnership Practice,
for Battelle. In recent years the Practice has worked with a number of universities,
regional business organizations as well as states, in the development and
design of technology, biotech/life sciences and information tech strategies
as well as such areas as research park conceptualization, research core
competencies, cluster analysis, successful program design and implementation.
Clients generally are business/higher education/foundation coalitions and
they have included such regions as Indianapolis, Peoria, St. Louis, and
Western Massachusetts and the States of Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut,
Georgia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, among others.
Previously, Plosila served for as Executive Director of
the North Carolina Alliance for Competitive Technologies. For eight years
Dr. Plosila served as President of the non-profit Suburban Maryland Technology
Council (now Technology Council of Maryland). This organization received
industry recognition for its efforts in bringing higher education to industry
and establishing technology networks and partnerships, spurring entrepreneurship
and repositioning a regional and state economy. For over 11 years, while
Deputy Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Commerce and Director
of the Pennsylvania Governor's Office of Policy and Planning, Plosila developed
and initiated one of the country's most comprehensive technology and manufacturing
agendas. This agenda included establishment of the Ben Franklin Partnership
Programs including seed capital, incubators, networks, and business-higher
Dr. Plosila has served as a management consultant, for
both Westinghouse Electric Corporation's Public Management Systems Division
and Unco, Inc. He has also been a consultant to over forty-five states and
many regions in the areas of economic development, entrepreneurship, technology,
and business-higher education relationships over the past 25 years.
Plosila has a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh,
from which he also received a Distinguished Service Award; an MA from Pennsylvania
State University; and a BA from Beloit College (Wisconsin). He has served
as an adjunct faculty member at five universities; most recently The Johns
Hopkins University and Carnegie-Mellon University. Plosila has published
numerous papers and articles in the areas of economic and technology development,
entrepreneurship, and strategic management.
He is past chair of the National Science Foundation's Industrial
Innovation Committee. He received the Founders' Award from the National
Small Business Incubator Association and the Tibbetts Award from the U.S.
Small Business Administration. He is a speaker on technology innovation
and manufacturing modernization throughout the U.S. and abroad.