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The Student Innovation Center is Iowa State's top capital appropriations request this legislative session. The project is a public/private partnership with $40 million in proposed funding by the state over the course of four years and $40 million from private sources. This will be the first time Iowa State has approached the legislature with a 50% match of funds for a building project.


With $8 million requested this year to support preconstruction and advanced design of the Student Innovation Center, the 175,000 gross square foot facility will be a hub for experiential learning, innovation, entrepreneurship, and interdisciplinary investigation across colleges.


The Center will be a student-focused think tank engaging students, faculty, and industry partners. Its facilities will enable hands-on projects for students in a wide range of disciplines while utilizing Iowa State's many existing manufacturing and business services. Examples include:

  • Capstone student design projects through the Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) provide direct benefits to Iowa companies. In CY14, 49 Iowa companies, sponsoring 71 projects, reported a collective impact of 95 jobs and $30 million to their bottom lines.
  • The CyBIZ Lab -- College of Business students help Iowa businesses solve real world problems and address operational challenges.
  • Student projects related to the Center for e-Design, a national program led by Iowa State to design higher quality products and systems at a lower cost; and the Digital Lab for Manufacturing, a public-private consortium created to develop innovative ecosystems and strengthen the U.S. economy.

The Student Innovation Center will have a significant impact on Iowa manufacturers through its hands-on learning. The manufacturing industry accounts for 18% of Iowa's economy, and the 200,000 employees represent 14% of non-farm employment. The Student Innovation Center will create connections with Iowa manufacturers to meet hiring needs and spur innovations that help Iowa companies stay competitive in the global marketplace.  

 Iowa State's Mission:
Create, share, and apply knowledge to make 
Iowa and the world a better place.

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The Alliance advocates Iowa State University's land grant mission throughout Iowa while focusing its advocacy on

state legislators and public policy makers.