Len HaidlTitle: NSIN University Program Director
Len focuses on solving national security problems by leveraging the innovation ecosystems at the University of Michigan and surrounding communities through a broad spectrum of National Security Innovation Network (NSIN) programs and initiatives. NSIN programming is spread across three portfolios including National Service, Collaboration, and Acceleration. The National Service portfolio strives to create new opportunities for national security service for those who might not otherwise participate in national security innovation. The Collaboration Portfolio leverages an ecosystem’s intellectual diversity to solve rapidly evolving, real-world national security problems. The Acceleration portfolio leverages the venture community and start-ups to augment the extant military-industrial base by facilitating the rapid acquisition and prototyping of promising innovative solutions.
Before joining the National Security Innovation Network at the University of Michigan, Len served in the United States Navy for 27 years. He spent 17 years of his service as a Naval Aviator flying the F-14 Tomcat and F/A-18 Super Hornet. He served as the Technology Integration Director at the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization focused on finding innovative solutions to protect service members from homemade explosive devices. Len also spent four years as the Executive Officer of the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of Michigan where he earned a Golden Apple award nomination and spoke at the 2016 TEDxUofM conference. After the Navy, Len served as an Adjunct Professor at Trine University teaching Business Ethics and Organizational Change Management.
Len earned an MBA with Distinction from the Naval Postgraduate School and an MS in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.