The Office of Innovation provides support to faculty and staff who invent approaches, processes and technologies to solve pressing problems. By leveraging collaboration, local and national resources, and expert connections within industry plus funding vehicles, we help promising innovations find a pathway forward.

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The Office of Innovation has built a robust ecosystem to support innovation and entrepreneurism on campus and within the State of Iowa based on fortifying these three areas necessary to succeed: talent, capital and culture. 

Meet our leadership team

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Jon Darsee

Chief Innovation Officer

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Jordan Kaufmann

Senior Director,
UI Ventures

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Stephanie Dengler

Director of Operations,
Iowa Research Park

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Jeff Kueter

Director of Corporate Engagement 


We are here to help promising innovations find a pathway forward.