As Senior Business Development Manager with the Purdue Research Foundation’s Office of Technology Commercialization (PRF-OTC), Dhananjay works with Purdue innovators to develop Intellectual Property (IP) and commercialization strategies to enable timely transfer of Purdue Intellectual Property (IP), primarily in the engineering and physical sciences areas. He is involved in assessing the technologies’ commercial viability, identifying potential licensing partners, developing business terms and legal contracts to enable technology transfer to licensees and in negotiating and executing commercial licensing agreements.
Prior to joining the OTC Dhananjay worked with Purdue’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Center providing leadership, client engagement, and project management for the center’s IN-MaC Technology Adoption program across the State of Indiana. Dhananjay has spent over 9 years at Cummins Inc. and his experience there spans a variety of roles: as Project Manager in Business Process Functional Excellence, Product Engineering Reliability Leader in Customer Engineering, Technical Leader in New Product Introduction and Senior Engineer in Product Tailoring. He has also worked in the automotive industry in Michigan managing new product launches for a Tier 1 supplier of automotive exterior products to the major automakers in Detroit.
Dhananjay has a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pune, India; a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toledo, Ohio; and an MBA in Marketing from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business in Indianapolis.