In 2022, the Dean's Office for Academic Innovation and Start Something College of Agriculture and Life Sciences developed the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellows (IEFF) program, which seeks to foster and expand a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in CALS faculty across each of our departments. To advance this goal, the Dean's office provides funds to support faculty seeking to incorporate innovation within teaching, research or extension activities.
Each year, faculty fellows are organized as a cohort and provided with training and professional development in innovation and entrepreneurship. Fellows will formally serve for two years with an expectation that each fellow will continue to be engaged in building a network and culture of innovation and entrepreneurship within their departments and across the college.
Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition
Dr. Clark developed a new course allowing students to explore innovations in beer, wine and cheese called Science and Practice of Cheesemaking.
Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice
Dr. Dorius designed a new course to empower the next generation of social scientists to address the grand challenges of the future.
Department of Genetics, Development, and Cell Biology
Dr. Haen Whitmer aided students as they developed an adaptable electronics kit to increase the utility and dexterity of 3D printed prosthetics hands.
Department of Animal Science
Dr. Kerns is integrating entrepreneurship into activities and curriculum within the Department of Animal Science, from an introductory course to special projects for students to get hands-on experience in animal science-related entrepreneurship opportunities.
Associate Teaching Professor
Department of Plant Pathology, Entomology, and Microbiology
Assistant Teaching Professor
Department of Agricultural Education and Studies
September 22, 2022
Innovation and Entrepreneurship: The Bee & Wasp Squad
Students may join the Iowa State University Bee & Wasp Squad with little background knowledge about the pollinator insects, but chances are, after spending a summer conducting field and lab work, they’ll walk away not only knowing more about bees and wasps, but more about themselves, as well.
May 17, 2022
Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Students 'nerd out' as they build bionic hand
What do you get when you combine students from life sciences and engineering majors at Iowa State University? A collection of great minds eager to tackle innovative projects in class.