About the Student Innovation Center

Iowa State University offers a transformative student experience rich in new ideas, diverse perspectives, and imaginative people who are inspired to think differently and create change. The Student Innovation Center serves as the nexus for that change.

The facility is a resource serving the entire university community with unique workspaces and programs that foster innovation across all aspects of Iowa State University’s land-grant mission. More than 60% of the building is dedicated to collaborative spaces for all students to utilize. It provides a welcoming environment where all university stakeholders can find resources, all made possible by the generous gifts of donors and financial support from the State of Iowa.

Summer Hours

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
9 AM – 8 PM 7:30 AM – 8 PM 7:30 AM – 8 PM 7:30 AM – 8 PM 7:30 AM – 8 PM 7:30 AM – 8 PM 9 AM – 8 PM

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

Innovation In Action

Contact Us

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

For inquiries relating to the center, please fill out our general inquiries form or e-mail us at innov8@iastate.edu.

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Where to find us

The center’s administrative office, Room 2118, is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

606 Bissell Road
Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa 50011



Student Innovation Center Staff

For general questions about the Student Innovation Center and its programs, please contact the center’s administration by e-mail at innov8@iastate.edu or visit us at 606 Bissell Road, Room 2118, in Ames, Iowa.

Student Innovation Center Leadership

Jim Oliver

Pithan Executive Director of Innovation

Wendy Kisch

Director of Operations

Ana Luz

Interim Director of Innovation Programs
Jacob Cantu

Jacob Cantu

Manager Building Services

Building Services & Support

Kylee Mullen

Communications Specialist II

Jennifer Frisvold

Administrative Assistant

Jake Pippin

Audio/Visual Specialist

Rachel Faircloth

Event Coordinator

Rachel Connell

Curator of Exhibitions
Brooke Rogers

Brooke Rogers

Innovation Programs Coordinator

Manisha Sharma

Communications Specialist II for Innovation Programs

Makerspace Supervisors

Mark Hjeltness

Teaching Lab Specialist – Metal and Woodworking Shop

E-mail: mark4isu@iastate.edu

Wade Warman

Teaching Lab Specialist – Electronics, Textiles & 3D Printing Shop

E-mail: wwarman@iastate.edu

Dayon Royster

Teaching Lab Specialist – Electronics, Textiles & 3D Printing Shop

E-mail: droyster@iastate.edu

Louie Jordan

Teaching Lab Specialist – Media Production Shop and Digital Modeling and Visualization Lab

E-mail: louie@iastate.edu

Lane Larson

Teaching Lab Specialist – Media Production Shop and Digital Modeling and Visualization Lab

E-mail: llarson1@iastate.edu

Student Employees

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Victoria Brandt

Social Media and Marketing Assistant
Julia Meehan headshot

Julia Meehan

Communications Assistant
Mallory Tope headshot

Mallory Tope

Communications Assistant
Evan Pattee headshot

Evan Pattee

Matilyn Erickson headshot

Matilyn Erickson

Event Assistant
Anna Huggins

Anna Huggins

Event Assistant

Michelle Pasek

Event Assistant

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?

Yes! 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?

You can reserve a study room, host an event, take a training course for one of our makerspaces, join in during our Flagship Friday Innovators forums, become a part of the Innovation Fellows, support student entrepreneurs at Innovate 1858 or SPARKS Cafe, and so much more. Learn more at https://sictr.iastate.edu/innovate-here/.

Where can I find the lost and found?

The lost and found is located in the Student Innovation Center’s administrative office (2118), which is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

How can I book a meeting or study room?

Visit our Room Reservations page and submit the request form. Our team will get back to you as soon as possible. All rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis unless reserved at least one (1) business day in advance by the Student Innovation Center. Reservations are not guaranteed.