Dave is Executive Director of the Michigan State University Foundation which promotes and funds many facets related to the commercialization of intellectual property through its subsidiaries Spartan Innovations, University Corporate Research Park, Red Cedar Ventures, and MBI, as well as its partnerships with MSU-Business Connect, MSU Technologies and LEAP.
Washburn joined MSU from the University of Tennessee Research Foundation, where he served as President and CEO. Previously, Washburn led the software commercialization practice at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 2001 to 2011. Washburn was an entrepreneur and involved in business development for a number of high-growth software startup companies such as Wolfram Research, InstallShield Software Corporation (acquired by Macrovision), and Kuck & Associates (acquired by Intel). He holds the CLP designation from the Licensing Executives Society and received a BA and MBA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder to the executive committee of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.