School of Business

Mike Watson

Part-Time Faculty, Business Administration
Mike Watson


114 Luther Bonney Hall

Contact Information

Phone: (815) 642-8425

Principal, TMWatson Associates, LLC.

Mike Watson advises businesses and community organizations on strategic direction, operations excellence and international business. He has lived and worked in the United States, India, Spain
and Germany and travelled extensively to work with business partners in Asia and Europe.

He has 15 years experience starting up and running semiconductor manufacturing plants for the top companies in the electronics industry including Lucent Technologies, AMD, Hitachi and Samsung. Mike's early career spanned 20 years with Texas Instruments in a variety of technical and project leadership roles in image processing, artificial intelligence, CAD software and PC chipset development for defense and commercial applications.

Mike has been an executive volunteer for United Way in three cities, leading initiatives for fundraising, strategic direction and early childhood development. He is also an active volunteer in a variety of roles at his local Episcopal church and for local and national aviation associations.

He holds a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Vanderbilt University, a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute, and an MBA from the University of Southern Maine.  Mike holds a patent in image processing, is a registered Professional Engineer and a Quality Six Sigma green belt.  He is an instrument rated private pilot and speaks Spanish and some German.