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.
Rich Duncombe is the Executive Director of Impact Studio. Rich has built organizations within Fortune 50 technology companies and universities that expand the portfolio of those organizations. He is passionate about catalyzing initiatives that make a positive impact. Rich builds innovation systems that advance an organization’s mission, deliver growth, change the culture, and motivate employees. His leadership includes company founder, business unit VP and university director. Rich has a MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of California Berkeley and a BSEE from Oregon State University. Rich was inducted into the OSU Academy of Distinguished Engineers in 2005. [email protected], mobile: +1 (541) 602-7451
Jesse Mraz is the Assistant Director for Impact Studio. Jesse earned his BBA, Marketing at UW-Milwaukee, WI and holds project management professional certification. His career experience spans public and private sectors; primarily in education, healthcare, and the arts. He enjoys the exciting potential of start-ups and partnerships and has ventured forth in several opportunities in the US and CZ. Jesse provides program and project management for Impact Studio initiatives, manages the marketing and communications for the department, and supervises the design intern team. He is active in every initiative lifecycle phase from ideation through scale-up. [email protected], mobile: +1 (612) 388-5002