Creative and nimble responses to fast changing trends in higher education

Impact Studio is a dynamic venue coupled with best practice approaches for developing ways for Oregon State to respond creatively and nimbly to fast-changing trends in higher education. 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. Our 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.

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mobile: +1 (541) 602-7451

Rich Duncombe


Rich Duncombe is the 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.

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mobile: +1 (612) 388-5002

Jesse Mraz

Administrator of Operations

Jesse Mraz is the Administrator of Operations 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.
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Our Team

Sophie Dziak
Design Intern
Design and Innovation Management (2022)
Business and Administration and Marketing Minor (2022)
Ginny Gonzales
Design Intern
Design and Innovation Management (2022)
Sustainability (2022)
Evin Holstad
Design Intern
Design and Innovation Management (2022)
Minor in Marketing (2022)
Evan Hopper-Moore
Web Developer
Computer Science (2021)
Min Seo (David) Park
Design Intern
Business Analytics (2022)
Paige Stone
Design Intern
Design and Innovation Management (2021)
MBA Marketing (2022)

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Impact Studio is not an ordinary meeting room. High energy, engaging conversations, and rapid fire idea-filled sticky notes are creating new approaches to solve challenging issues. A large jam space provides opportunities for training sessions and seminars.

Oregon State’s reputation for grit, determination, confidence, collaboration, vision, conscientiousness, and inclusion are expectations in full effect in the studio. The rate of learning is off the charts, hierarchy is just another nine letter word, and teams contribute with a sense of urgency. 

We’re a magnet for those that thrive on the front end of creating new initiatives. Skilled and experienced teams work in every phase of innovation; delving into uncertainty and building confidence in creating and launching innovative new solutions. 

Everyone is welcome. Out There and in here, Oregon State is determined to make an impact. We partner with EdTech visionaries and trend watchers to see around the next corner in education. Colleges, division centers, programs, outside organizations, and donors collaboratively identify growth opportunities.  


We at Impact Studio find inspiration in Oregon State alumnus Dick Fosbury's innovative "Fosbury Flop."


fosbury flop