Donald Butts is a strategic technology leader with 10+ years of experience in the energy, aerospace/defense, automotive and consumer electronics industries developing new innovative technologies and products. Presently, Donald is the Sr. Manager of Open Innovation and Corporate R&D Program Manager at HARMAN International. In this position, Donald is in charge of driving new innovation through strategic partnerships, targeted crowd-sourcing, co-development, and co-creation with leading technology companies, small businesses, startups and research partners to complement the traditional R&D within HARMAN. Additionally, he manages R&D development projects that are adjacent to the current business or have the potential to be transformational products / business. Prior to joining HARMAN, Donald worked at Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of United Technologies, for over 8 years. He received a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University, a M.Eng in Acoustics from The Pennsylvania State University, and an MBA from the University of Connecticut.