PMI Midlands

Panel Speaker Chad Hardaway

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About Chad Hardaway

Chad Hardaway is a Clinical Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the University of South Carolina College of Engineering and Computing where he teaches emerging engineering leaders the principles of business law, corporate law, and intellectual property management and strategy. He is one of the key faculty members in the recently created Masters degree program in Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurial Engineering at the University of South Carolina.
Chad also serves as Deputy Director of the University of South Carolina (USC) Office of Economic Engagement and Director of the Technology Commercialization Office. In these roles, Chad seeks to align USC assets with outside corporate and government partners. Chad oversees a portfolio of over 500 university technologies and is responsible for moving those technologies out of the laboratory and into the marketplace. In addition, he works with University Technology Startups and South Carolina Technology Companies to form partnerships, find capital, explore research opportunities, develop new markets, and ultimately move products into the hands of consumers.
Prior to joining the University of South Carolina in 2005, Chad was a Process Engineer with Eastman Chemical Company. These past positions and experiences provide a broad understanding of the early stage technology development cycle and how it can connect with existing corporate market and technology development. Chad has a BS in Chemical Engineering, MBA, and a Juris Doctor all from the University of South Carolina.

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