William H. Fortune

William Fortune

University of Louisville Program Director, NSIN


William Fortune is a native of Lexington, KY, and a Commander in the Navy Reserves. Will brings with him over twenty years of military and civilian experience. Before coming to the National Security Innovation Network and the University of Louisville, Will was an Assistant Chief of Staff responsible for certification and training for all deploying ships under the U.S. Second Fleet. As a civilian, Will has held various positions, including Director of Project Management for the city of Lexington and Integrated Product Team Lead of the Navy's Advanced Training Helicopter System. Will holds a B.A. from Davidson College and an M.A. from the Naval War College. He was commissioned via Officer Candidate School in 2001 and earned his wings in 2003. He is a proud Kentuckian and bourbon enthusiast.

"I think what excites me most about bringing NSIN to the University of Louisville is the opportunities each institution provides the other. NSIN is a unique DoD program focused on introducing innovation, via human talent, to the DoD ecosystem. The University of Louisville is rich with human talent, with multiple world-class graduate and undergraduate programs. My goal as NSIN's program director at the University of Louisville is to introduce students and faculty to real-world DoD problems and, in turn, help strengthen our nation's defense ecosystem."