A higher rate of institutional innovation surfaced as a high priority through the Vision 2030 conversations, as were the needs for net revenue growth and diversification. Impact Studio uses proven methodologies to develop innovative solutions for Oregon State's needs.
Impact Studio is where teams of faculty, students and staff develop and launch bold initiatives that advance Oregon State's strategic plan and improve the University's financial strength.
Rob Stone is the Executive Director of the Impact Studio. He also holds the rank of Professor in the School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (MIME) at Oregon State University and is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Rob has served as the Division Director of the Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation Division at the National Science Foundation where he led the Division's investment of over $250M per year in innovative, high-risk/high-reward research. Rob was the Head of the School of MIME where he hired 22 new faculty and managed a three-fold increase in student enrollment in the School's undergraduate and graduate programs. Before coming to OSU, he utilized his design research background to assist in creating the design-focused Interdisciplinary Engineering degree program at the University of Missouri-Rolla. At Rolla he served as Director of the interdisciplinary Student Design and Experiential Learning Center. Prior to initiating his graduate work, Rob worked in the Missions Operation Directorate of NASA-Johnson Space Center as a Space Shuttle Flight Controller for the Guidance, Navigation and Control Section. Rob's research expertise include design theories and methodologies, specifically advanced methods for the conceptual design phase. He earned his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. [email protected]
Rich started Impact Studio in 2017 to prove that OSU could accelerate the rate of innovation outside of its core programs and activities. The proof is evident in the 50 ideas developed into 10 initiatives. "Working with OSU's dedicated, talented, and creative people was a privilege. OSU has many hidden gems. Impact Studio works to identify, polish, and combine multiple gems to create something new that delivers value for those we serve." Rich came to OSU as a proven executive who led growth strategies and launched new businesses or initiatives within the tech industry and higher education. He showed his passion for catalyzing innovation from concept to reality and developing diverse talent to lead innovation.