Jim McGwin

  • Volunteer Innovation Coach, Alumni
  • Library Innovation Labs
  • Phone: Education Technology Advisory Council (ETAC) Chair
  • Email: jim.mcgwin@uri.edu


Mr. McGwin, 1980 URI Grad, Teaches INE 249. He has over 40 years of international industry experience including senior positions at KPMG, Brown & Sharpe, and several successful startups including UltraCision, a medical harmonic scalpel device company that was acquired by Johnson & Johnson. From 2001 to 2021 he was the founder and president of Collaboration Catalyst Corp.

Mr. McGwin holds a US Patent “Method and Apparatus for Using Process Exceptions to Provide Instant Notifications for Distributed Processes.” With a focus on value chain collaboration, he also put forward the concepts of comparing the Hierarchy of Business Needs between organizations and an Information Product and Cash Ratio across supply chains.  Along with many industry articles, Mr. McGwin coauthored a case study with United Space Alliance published in the European Union entitled “Building the Knowledge Economy Issues, Application Case Studies.”

Mr. McGwin assisted development of the Supply Chain Operations Reference Model (SCOR).  Throughout the ‘90’s and 2000’s, he was a regular speaker at international supply chain conferences. He also assisted in the development and teaching of professional education/certification courses for the APICS Supply Chain Council (APICS SCC)

He was an early conference speaker at URI International Engineering Conference and part of a number of new product development projects including one done in conjunction with the mid-1980’s URI Robotics Research. Jim has also guest lectured on Managerial Accounting at both URI and Salve Regina University.