Contact Us

Come visit the Student Innovation Center, and don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions!

The center’s administrative office, Room 2118, is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and can be reached at 515-294-2649.

For inquiries relating to the center, please fill out the form below, call our administrative office, or e-mail us at sic-faq@iastate.edu. For questions about Innovation Programs or Innovation Fellows, contact kpiconi@iastate.edu.

Building Open Hours

Monday-Thursday: 7 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Friday: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Saturday-Sunday: Closed

These don’t reflect business hours for offices within the building. The building and offices are closed during university holidays.

Where to find us

606 Bissell Road
Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa 50011



General inquiries

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What is the Student Innovation Center?

Iowa State University offers a transformative student experience rich in new ideas, diverse perspectives, and imaginative people so that students can be inspired to think differently and create change. The Student Innovation Center is the nexus for that change.

The Student Innovation Center, opened August 2020, is unique in size, scope, and involvement. The 140,000-square-foot, five-floor facility is a resource serving the entire university community with unique facilities and workspaces to foster innovation across all aspects of Iowa State’s land-grant mission.

There’s something for everyone. Every college has space in the Student Innovation Center – but only 40 percent of the building is allocated to colleges. The other 60 percent is shared, collaborative space.

It provides a welcoming and vibrant environment where all university stakeholders can find resources to foster new ideas, creativity, experimentation, evaluation, and entrepreneurship; especially at the intersection of traditional disciplines.

Iowa State’s Student Innovation Center is made possible by the generous gifts of donors and financial support from the State of Iowa.

Frequently asked questions

When did the center open?

The Student Innovation Center opened in August 2020, welcoming students, faculty, staff, and community members through its doors.

How has the center responded to COVID-19?

The Student Innovation Center has taken precautions based on the latest Iowa State University campus policies, consultations with the ISU Office of Risk Management, health guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), other public health organizations, and staff input. We remain committed to the health and safety of center visitors, and our goal is to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 to the greatest extent possible. Learn more at https://web.iastate.edu/safety/covid19.

Is the center open to anyone?

Whether you’re a student looking to study or collaborate on a project, a professor hoping to teach a class within our state-of-the-art facility, a group hoping to invent the next big thing, or a community member interested in supporting student entrepreneurs by buying a new scarf or hot cup of coffee, the Student Innovation Center is here for you.

What can I do at the center?

The Student Innovation Center has makerspaces for wood, metal, plastic, glass, textiles, composite materials and electronics, and the professional staff and student assistants who make training and access simple.

The center also has 13 meeting rooms, special project areas, an exhibit gallery, a step-a-torium, two multipurpose rooms, four open co-working areas, informal gathering areas, and event spaces.

And there’s still even more to discover.

Learn how you can innovate

What’s Inside

Lower level

Lunar testing, assembly bays, composites, misc/shared fabrication, media production suite, special projects, meeting rooms, auditorium (university classroom), dyno testing, engineering capstone project suite, gaming lab, student organization offices.

Entry level

Wet workshop, paint booth/finishes, supply store, gaffer’s guild, retail, retail storage, exhibit storage, meeting room, small exhibit, large exhibit, multipurpose room, metal and wood fabrication and assembly, two assembly bays, outdoor makerspace.

Second level

Open assembly digital fabrication and textiles electronics, STEM help room, meeting rooms, learning spaces, (two university classrooms), open co-working, print center, SICTR admin, secure assembly, assembly bay, student org offices, design build/design option studio, outdoor special projects, digital modeling and visualization laboratory, BPMI, engineering capstone project suite.

Third level

Engineering capstone project suite, entrepreneurship hubs, learning space (university classroom), meeting rooms, student organization offices, open co-working, demonstration kitchen, CyBiz, planting beds.

Fourth level

Industrial design sponsored studios, meeting rooms, student media publication studio, learning space (university classroom), project suite, multi-purpose, student-run café, open collaboration/café seating.

Student Innovation Center Staff

For general questions, please contact the Student Innovation Center at 515-294-2649 or e-mail sic-faq@iastate.edu.

Jim Oliver


Wendy Kisch

Director of Operations

Kylee Mullen

Communications Specialist I

Jennifer Frisvold

Administrative Assistant

Rachel Faircloth

Event Coordinator

Jake Pippin

Audio/Visual Specialist

Rachel Connell

Gallery Coordinator
College of Design

Manisha Sharma

Communications Specialist II

Alon Klekner

Occupational Safety Specialist

E-mail: aklekner@iastate.edu

Mark Hjeltness

Metal/Woodworking Shop Specialist

E-mail: mark4isu@iastate.edu

Josh Delarm

Metal/Woodworking Shop Specialist

E-mail: jdelarm@iastate.edu

Wade Warman

Fabrication Shop Specialist

E-mail: wwarman@iastate.edu

Dayon Royster

Fabrication Shop Specialist

E-mail: droyster@iastate.edu

Innovation Program Staff

Karen Piconi Kerns

Director of Innovation Programs
E-mail: kpiconi@iastate.edu

Karen Piconi Kerns serves Iowa State University to build and brand Innovate at Iowa State.  Collaborating with faculty, staff, alumni, and industry leaders, she co-creates and delivers programs that differentiate an Iowa State University education and builds unique experiences that accelerate individual capacity to offer meaningful economic and community contributions.  Karen earned a BA from the University of California, Irvine, and an MA from Iowa State University, where she also taught and trained students, faculty, and staff for over two decades.   She holds certificates in Internal Family Systems Therapy and Spiritual Direction in support of her research and works to inspire stakeholder engagement and relationships.

She has more than thirty years of experience creating strategies for business development and collaboration among international and domestic, governmental, educational, and corporate entities.  In her twelve years as Co-Founder, CEO, and Vice President of Kerns and Associates, she built and branded a global risk management business that engaged the industry’s leading swine and poultry producers and allied industries.  Her career includes six years of fund-raising and management of a large non-profit organization and five years as owner and President of Persuade and Publish International.  She has consulted for USDA, USAID, and IFDC to grow entrepreneurial start-ups and create business solutions and strategic infrastructure in developing countries including Serbia, Albania, and Montenegro.  For three years, she was an SBA mentor for the state of Iowa, charged with supporting Iowa business owners in developing early-stage innovation.  She has published several articles on business succession planning and employee engagement and won Rotary’s “Unsung Hero” award for her contributions to Iowa Communities.