Mitch Landess joins Conexus Indiana as Senior Director of Industry 4.0

INDIANAPOLIS (April 17, 2019) Conexus Indiana today announced that Mitch Landess is joining the organization as senior director of Industry 4.0. In this newly created position, Landess will assist with research and development of Conexus’ Industry 4.0 initiative that is focused on ensuring advanced manufacturing and logistics companies are adopting technologies that will drive their growth in the future.

Landess joins Conexus Indiana after 17 years at Rose-Hulman Ventures (RHV), serving as director of business development and operations where he oversaw expanding the RHV operating model. Before joining RHV, Landess was a senior control and process optimization engineer for Wabash River Energy, LTD.

“Our Industry 4.0 initiative, which is focused on determining the right resources to support technology adoption among advanced manufacturing and logistics companies, is one of our most important and exciting projects.” said J. Mark Howell, president and CEO of Conexus Indiana. “This work is critical in helping companies seize opportunities being presented by advanced technologies, including artificial intelligence and automation. With his dual background in both engineering and business development, we know Mitch will be successful in moving our Industry 4.0 work forward.”

Landess worked in business development for RHV from 2005 to 2019 and managed the mechanical engineering group from 2002 to 2005. As director of business development, he formed collaborative innovation projects with universities across the Hoosier state, developed paid internship opportunities with practical professional experience for more than 1,000 students and increased RHV’s revenue from $200,000 in 2005 to $1.2 million in 2017.

Landess holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

 About Conexus Indiana

For more than a decade, Conexus Indiana, one of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP) non-profit initiatives, has been positioning the Hoosier State as the best place for advanced manufacturing and logistics industries to invest, employ and succeed. By collaborating with industry, academic and public sector partners on a shared vision for an innovative, skilled workforce and stronger business climate, Conexus Indiana has helped to create opportunities for advanced manufacturing and logistics companies, prepare Hoosiers to succeed in the state’s largest industry sectors and maintain Indiana’s competitive advantage. For more information, go to