Jacob Ward

Jacob Ward,

Industry Advisor Southwest





Jacob is an Industry Advisor for the Purdue Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). He works with organizations throughout the State of Indiana to provide leadership, trusted consultation, training, and technical assistance services. Through the complete offering of Purdue MEP services, Jacob delivers high value, cost effective solutions to drive improvement, streamline processes, spur growth, and ultimately increase competitiveness.


Jacob comes to us from the Tool & Die industry, where he has provided support for manufactures in the plastics, defense contracting, metals, automotive, appliance and government industries. Jacob has been acknowledged for a well-defined understanding of business strategies with proven ability to identify and align clients’ needs with products and services. He is skilled in translating business objectives into a successful reality for shareholders. Jacob is also a decorated military leader who served our great nation for more than twenty years in the United States Navy. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Service Administration from the University of Evansville, and a Bachelor’s degree in General Studies with a concentration in Business Administration and Management from Southern New Hampshire University.

Skills & Expertise:

  • Project management & implementation
  • Business development
  • Process improvement
  • Defense manufacturing
  • Operational planning
  • Human resources
  • Team building
  • Account and relationship management
  • Leadership
  • Marketing analysis
  • Contract negotiation
  • Lean principles 
  • Machining methods
  • Value stream mapping
  • Quality
  • Coaching


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