David McKinnis

David McKinnis, Ph.D.

Special Adviser, Corporate and Global Partnerships

(765) 494-9189

(765) 427-7292


David McKinnis serves as Special Adviser in the Office of Corporate Partnerships, developing research engagements that provide exceptional value to corporate partners and the university.

McKinnis has a long history of corporate engagement. From 2000 to 2015 he led the Purdue University Technical Assistance Program (TAP) that now serves over 1,500 employers each year in business, industry, healthcare and government. From 1986 to 2000 he served as Associate Director.

Prior to joining Purdue, McKinnis worked for thirteen years in various manufacturing leadership roles for Landis + Gyr and Caterpillar in Lafayette IN, and Thermotron Industries located in Holland, MI.

Ph.D., Industrial Engineering, 1999
M.S. Management, 1973
B.S. Engineering Science, 1972

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