Jim Jindrick

Mentor in Residence

Areas of Expertise

  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • New Venture Planning and Development
  • Product Development

Current Research

Teaching Interests

Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Corporate Entrepreneurship


Jim Jindrick has 30+ years experience in high-tech research and development, product engineering, operations and manufacturing, international marketing and sales, and new business development. He has created internal corporate ventures, spin-off companies, and independent start-ups. He received U.S. and international patents for innovations in automotive test and diagnostic equipment, smart-grid electric power distribution automation controls, and personal computer instrumentation systems. Products and ventures Jim developed have generated over one billion dollars in lifetime revenue. Jim was a co-founder and senior manager for the McGraw-Edison Microelectronics Engineering Center (now Eaton Corporation), Intelligent Instrumentation, Inc (acquired by Texas Instruments), Galtronics USA Inc, and Wireless Sensor Technologies Inc (acquired by Boeing Corporation). He was a Project Engineer at Snap-On Corporation and Manager of New Business Development at Burr-Brown Corporation. He financed his studies at the the University of Wisconsin - Madison working as an announcer, news reporter, and engineer for various radio and television stations. Jim was named an Eller Entrepreneurial Fellow, served as entrepreneur-in-residence at the University of Oregon, and was a University of Texas Moot Corp Fellow. He is currently president of Wencil Research, LLC, a private technology venture development company, and serves on the board of an energy storage R&D company.  Jim is an IEEE Life Member and an FCC-licensed broadcast engineer.