Chip Laingen, CDR

Portrait of Chip Laingen

Chip Laingen, CDR

TLI Faculty, Technological Leadership Institute


Ph.D. Studies in National Security Policy
Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy
Tufts University

Masters of Public Affairs
Humphrey Institute
University of Minnesota

Bachelor of Art in International Relations
University of Minnesota


Chip Laingen is the Corporate Vice President – Midwest Region, for Logistic Specialties, Inc. (LSI); and Executive Director of Defense Alliance, the region’s defense industry network, and winner of the 2014 Progress Minnesota Award. He is a member of various advisory boards including the Cleantech Open Midwest, Minnesota Cup, Full Stack St. Paul and the Cybersecurity Summit.  During 2010-2011 he was an Executive Leadership Fellow for the University of Minnesota’s Center for Integrative Leadership. Commander Laingen served in the U.S. Navy for 21 years as an aviator, squadron commanding officer, associate professor of naval science, Moreau Scholar and speechwriter for two Secretaries of the Navy. He has written extensively on the many dynamics of leadership.

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests



  • Executive level leadership and communications consulting
  • Technology-based economic development
  • Government contracting
  • R&D program management

Executive Director at Defense Alliance and the Advanced Power & Energy Cluster; owner and consultant at Laingen Communications

Currently Teaching Courses
MOT Capstone Project (MOT 8234)
Communication of Risk and Security (ST 8221)
MSST Capstone (ST 8620)

Honors and Awards

2014 Progress Minnesota Award

2007 Veteran Business Champion Award

2004 Best Naval Air Training Squadron among 17, U.S. Navy

1994 Student Leadership Award, Humphrey Institute

Selected Publications

Integrative Leadership in the U.S. Military - published by the Center for Integrative Leadership, University of Minnesota