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Duane Embree serves as the director of the Indiana Office of Defense Development. This state agency focuses on promoting and growing the Indiana defense sector’s military installations, defense industry, and academic assets through local, state and regional economic development organizations and by commercialization of defense and federal intellectual property to create new products, companies and jobs.

Embree is a retired member of the Senior Executive Service where he served in a number of Department of Navy senior civilian leadership roles. Most recently, as the Technical Director of the Crane Division of the Naval Surface Warfare Center.

Embree holds a B.S in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and a Master of Public Affairs from Indiana University. He received the Presidential Rank Award in 2010, the Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Award in 2012, and the Federal Laboratory Consortium’s 2012 Laboratory Director of the Year Award.