Flagship Fridays

Flagship Fridays

Join us on Flagship Fridays!

Flagship Friday is a moderated virtual conversation session with leaders representing a diverse scope and scale of innovation. It offers our students, faculty, staff members, and our great community, an opportunity to access a window of insight into behavioral characteristics that drive successful and industry-changing innovation. In our Flagship Friday sessions, industry professionals share their personal stories of innovation and their perspective of how, where, when, and why innovation is such a critical driver of social and economic progress and sustainability.

Flagship Fridays are offered in a hybrid model: you may attend virtually, or join us in the Step-a-torium at the Student Innovation Center! Both take place from 12-1 on Fridays, and both audiences participate in the same live event. Some Flagship Friday Innovators will be in-person at the Step-a-torium; some will join virtually. Those who attend at the Step-a-torium can enjoy pizza which will arrive at 11:30 weekly. Whichever model works best for you, make sure you register to receive communications each week about who is coming, how they will attend, and other important Flagship Friday announcements!

Upcoming Innovator’s Forums


Smeet Mistry, Resident Engineer Vehicles Systems Architecture Team HARMAN International, Team prISUm, ISU Alum David Slump, Alum Special Guest Moderator, EVP and President Global Markets, Strategy and Services HARMAN International, Innovator in Residence, Co-Founder Innovation Fellows, ISU Alum

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

Elizabeth Reynolds, Director, Accelerator Program, Starburst Aerospace

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Hudson Worthington Harr invented a technology in the Renewable Energy business at age 22, called ReRev, that was deployed at over 70 facilities across the US. He went on to found an international solar Engineering, Procurement, and Construction company called SunQuest Energy building energy assets for numerous Fortune 100 companies. He focuses on executing innovative technologies with profitable underlying businesses.
Taking on Google Pay and PayPal did not daunt our previous Startup Factory participant and super-innovator, Aaryaman Anerao, co-founder of PeachPay Incorporated. During this session, Anerao will talk about his journey as a student (he just graduated in 2020!) and what mindset allowed him to compete with major internet giants as the next gen on-line financial transaction solution focused on customer security and customization.

Join Alaina Money-Garman in 1113 Student Innovation Center from 10:30-11:30 AM on Friday, October 15 to chat with her about being a female entrepreneur, being named one of 40 under 40, and how she balances being CEO, award-winning blogger, parent, and entrepreneur. All are welcome!

Narayan Devanathan is a Chief Client Officer at Dentsu International India. Dentsu International is a marketing and advertising firm that prides itself on being “champions for meaningful progress.” Mr. Devanathan is a graduate from the Greenlee School at Iowa State University.
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Laura Rowley is an empathetic and strategic storyteller with wide-ranging experience building content that drives business goals. An award-winning journalist and author, Laura held editorial and executive roles at CNN, The Huffington Post, Yahoo! and Meredith Corporation. She is currently Director of Content for SitusAMC, a New York-based global technology and services firm, focused on real estate finance.
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Michael Van Parys is an architect at Van Parys Architecture + Design and leader of the Energy Vault Innovation Sprint. Michael is an experienced Principal Architect with a demonstrated history of working in the architecture & planning industry. Skilled in Negotiation, Sales, Feasibility Studies, Construction, and Management. Strong in sustainable design solutions, problem solving and creative thinking.
Minka CEO and co-founder Ana Pinto da Silva drives transformational change at the intersection of housing, healthcare and technology. Minka provides a radical alternative to traditional senior housing, building intergenerational communities that seek to strengthen connections, improve health and increase wellbeing. Ana is dedicated to creating products that matter, defining new landscapes of opportunity for people world-wide.
Dr. Hongwei Zhang is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State University. His research investigates modeling, algorithmic, and systems issues in wireless sensing and control networks (e.g., those in 5G and beyond) as well as their applications in connected and automated vehicles, AR/VR, smart agriculture, and cyber-physical-human systems in general.

January 28

Matt Nelson, Director, Make To Innovate 10th Anniversary Celebration Showcase

February 4


February 11

Louis Carr, President of Media Sales at Black Entertainment Television

February 18


February 25

Mohammed Alabsi, Senior Vice President of Technology at Bukalapak; previously cloud solutions designer for Amazon Web Services; ISU alum

March 4

Sam Schmidt, Founder and CEO of Above Par Tech, ISU alum

March 11


March 25


April 1


April 8


April 15


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Entrepreneur in Residence President’s Initiative for Entrepreneurship and Innovation