Program Archive

February 4, 2022

Innovate Several Paths at Once with Trent Preszler, Owner of Preszler Woodshop, CEO of Bedell Cellars, and Author of USA Today’s Best Book of 2021, “Little and Often”

YouTube | Event Information

February 11, 2022

Someone Saw Something in Me with Louis Carr, President of Media Sales at BET

YouTube | Event Information

February 18, 2022

Don’t Wait for Permission–Invite Yourself with Hari Vasudev, Sr. Vice President and Country Head, Technology, Walmart Global Tech, India

YouTube | Event Information

February 25, 2022

Retire at 38 and Begin Again with Mohammed Alabsi, full time advisor and angel investor, working with startups across ASEAN; former Senior Vice President of Technology at Bukalapak

YouTube | Event Information

March 4, 2022

Start in Your Garage with Sam Schmidt, Founder of Above Par Tech

YouTube | Event Information

March 11, 2022

Do the Hardest things You Can Find with Pari Natarajan and Vamsee Tirukkala, co-founders of Zinnov

YouTube | Event Information

March 25, 2022

Interconnect Opportunities with Charles Saleh, Sr. Advisor to Legacy Ventures

YouTube | Event Information

April 1, 2022

Be Known For Excellence In One Thing with Khaled Kasih, Mezete

YouTube | Event Information

Flagship Friday Innovator’s Forum Archive

Fall 2021

Bandwidth: You’re More Than You Think You Are with Dr. Hongwei Zhang, Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department

December 3, 2021

Crying in the Bathroom with Ana Pinto da Silva, CEO/Co-Founder, Minka

November 19, 2021

Cracks in Your Character with Anthony Sardella, Founder/Vice-Chairman, evolve24

November 11, 2021

Energy Matters with Michael Van Parys, Director of Sustainability, Energy Vault

November 5, 2021

Surprise, Pivot, Scale with Laura Rowley, Director, Situs AMC

October 29, 2021

Moving the Masses, Changing Beliefs with Narayan Devanathan, Chief Client Officer, Dentsu International

October 22, 2021

Building on an Ethical Foundation with Alaina Money-Garman, Founder/CEO, Garman Homes

October 15, 2021

David & Goliath with Aaryaman Anerao, Co-Founder, PeachPay; ISU Alumnus

October 8, 2021

That’s Not Right with Hudson Harr, CEO/Founder, SkyCurrent

October 1, 2021

Accelerated with Elizabeth Reynolds, Director, Accelerator Program, Starburst Aerospace

September 24, 2021

Executing Rapidly with Paul Willard, Airplane Whisperer of Silicon Valley and Partner Grep VC

September 17, 2021

Innovation from Team PrISUm to HARMAN with Smeet Mistry and David Slump, HARMAN International and ISU Alumni

September 10, 2021

Fall 2020

Innovation Circuit Archive

2022 Circuit Series Archive

Technical Readiness Circuit: SPIDER Strategic Planning tool for Ideating and Innovating

January 27, 2022 — Featuring: Dennis Muilenburg; YouTube; event details

Technical Readiness Circuit: For the Want of a Nail, the Kingdom Was Lost: Why Businesses Fail in Supply Chain Strategy

February 3, 2022 — Featuring: Bindiya Vakil; YouTube; event details

Technical Readiness Circuit: The Art of Making: Hands-on Workshop

February 4, 2022 — Featuring: Trent Preszler; YouTube; event details


2021 Circuit Series Archive

Technical Readiness Circuit: Innovation & Invention in the Performing Arts

November 11, 2021 — Featuring: Dr. Michael Golemo, Department of Music and Theatre; Christian Carichner, Department of Music and Theatre; Lance LaDuke, Music Department, Carnegie Mellon University; Gavin Brehm, R&D, Conn-Selmer

Innovation 101 “How to Use the Student Innovation Center”

  • September 14: Who, What and How to Use the Student Innovation Center
  • October 12: Electronics, 3D Printing and Textiles Shop
  • November 9: Boeing Advanced Fabrication and Assembly Shop

Behavioral Readiness Circuit: Navigating Differences

October 28, 2021 — Featuring: Gayle Coon, Extension & Outreach

Behavioral Readiness Circuit: Emotional Intelligence Training

October 21, 2021 — Featuring: Alison DePenning, Extension & Outreach

Technical Readiness Circuit: Cyclones at Boeing: Experimental Flight Test

October 14, 2021 — Featuring: Kristin Crawford and Matt England, Boeing Aerospace

Radar Ready Summer Circuit Series

Short Circuit: It’s (Not) A Small World After All 

March 29, 2021 — Featuring: Dean Beate Schmittman, Dean Hilary Seo, and Dean Dan Grooms

Short Circuit: Making Friends and Influencing the Deans

March 9, 2021 — Featuring: Laura Jolly, dean of the College of Human Sciences; Sam Easterling, James L. and Katherine S. Melsa Dean of Engineering; and John Lawrence, Vice President for Extension and Outreach

Short Circuit: Ideation to Operation — How to Turn Your Idea Into A Business

February 26, 2021 — Bill Gross, Founder of Idealab

Short Circuit: Global Innovation — From the Battlefield to Football Field

February 22, 2021— Tilman Engel, Iowa State Graduate 1989

Short Circuit: How to Innovate an Ethical Platform and What Young Innovators Teach Us by Driving Societal Change

Friday, February 19, 2021 — Anthony Sardella, CEO and Founder, evolve24

2-Session Circuit: Let’s Make a Deal with the Deans
Part 2: Coaching and Competition; $500 in prizes for student negotiators

February 15, 2021 — David Spalding, Raisbeck Endowed Dean of the College of Business; Daniel Robison, Endowed Dean’s Chair of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; and Luis Rico-Gutierrez, Dean of the College of Design.

Short Circuit: How to Innovate an Unfair Advantage

February 12, 2021 — Lance LaDuke, Serial Innovator, Carnegie Mellon; Teaching Professor, Music Entrepreneurship

6-Week Circuit: How to Innovate Frostline Soft Serve

February 11 – March 18, 2021: 6 weeks, 6 Sessions

2-Session Circuit: Let’s Make a Deal with the Deans
Part 1: The Art of Negotiation

February 8, 2021 — David Spalding, Raisbeck Endowed Dean of the College of Business; Daniel Robison, Endowed Dean’s Chair of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; and Luis Rico-Gutierrez, Dean of the College of Design.

Short Circuit: Make Me a Millionaire by 40

February 4, 2021 — Jonathan Pearson, Partner, Wealth Advisors of Iowa Jonathan Fox, Ruth Whipp Sherwin Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, College of Human Sciences

6-Week Circuit: Change By Design

February 4 – March 11, 2021: 6 weeks, 6 Sessions — Dr. Leyla Acaroglu, Founder, Disrupt Design

2020 Circuit Series Archive

Innovation Professional Practices Forum Archive


Design Thinking Tools to Promote Innovation

February 11, 2022Ana Luz, Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, College of Design; YouTube; event information

Designing Instruments to Measure Innovative Program Outcomes & Presentation Slides, Open-Coding Procedure

December 3, 2021Benjamin Ahn, Associate Professor, Aerospace Engineering, College of Engineering

E is for Empathy… and Engineering: How Engineering Thinking Promotes Innovation Mindset

November 19, 2021 — Mani Mina, Associate Professor, Industrial Design and Electrical and Computer Engineering, Iowa State University

Building Relationships with External Innovation Partners

October 22, 2021 — Akshay Sharma, Chair, Industrial Design, College of Design

Methods to Inspire Ideation

September 17, 2021 — Seda McKilligan, Associate Dean of Academic Programs, Professor of Industrial Design, College of Design


Innovation Beyond Conventional Institutional Boundaries: A Conversation with Michael Crow, President of Arizona State University

April 2, 2021 — Hosted by Iowa State University President Wendy Wintersteen. Co-moderated by Professor Abram Anders, Director of Iowa State University Writing Program, and Karen Kerns, Director of Innovation Programming and Entrepreneur in Residence

Differentiating Our Story: Faculty and Staff Innovations in Recruitment

March 5, 2021 — Featuring: Jorge Calderon, Jennifer Johnson, Ana Luz, Linda Niehm, Meredith Francom, Karen Kerns, and Andy Zehr

Thinking, Making, Breaking (A)way: The Relationships of Innovation in Pursuit of Great Problems

January 22, 2021 — Robert Whitehead, Associate Professor of Architecture, Iowa State University

Gen-Z: Teaching in the Classroom and Beyond

December 4, 2020Sara Marcketti, Morrill Professor and Director of CELT, Iowa State University

Creating Innovation Strategy Using Narrative-Based Design Methods

October 2, 2020 — Abram Anders, Associate Professor of English, Iowa State University

Intrapreneurship: How to Innovate From Within

November 6, 2020 — Ana Luz, Abby Luchsinger and Priyankaa Krishnan