Christian Cowan

Christian Cowan

401 Tech Bridge Executive Director

Formerly Polaris MEP’s Center Director, Christian Cowan, is a senior executive with more than 20 years of experience in technical manufacturing operations and marketing in the IT networking, energy and textile industries.

He brings both domestic and overseas hands-on manufacturing experience to the University of Rhode Island Research Foundation (URIRF), Polaris MEP’s parent organization. He now holds dual roles as Chief Operating Officer for URIRF and Executive Director of 401 Tech Bridge, an initiative which connects manufacturers, small businesses, research and development entities, trade organizations and state and defense agencies to collaborate in the development of new advanced materials, technologies and products for the purposes of commercialization and economic growth.

Christian earned his BSEE degree from Villanova University and his MBA from the University of Rhode Island.