2015 Ingenuity Award Winners
Inaugural Launch of Ingenuity Central,  a Business Innovation Showcase

Designed to showcase the inventiveness of regional businesses from a diversity of sectors, K-State Olathe, a business-centric campus, recently launched Ingenuity Central™. The event catalyzed cross-pollination of ideas for new innovations and products and networking among business executives, educators, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and local and state leaders. Ingenuity Central drew a targeted group of about 300, from the greater Kansas City area.  Read more ...

The Petfood Forum, chose K-State Olathe as home to their new Petfood Innovation Workshop for 2015 and possibly for the next three years. The workshop on April 27 attended by over 200 registrants from across the country, ushered in the April 28-29 Forum in Kansas City. Special features at the Olathe workshop included hands-on pet treat product development with six different stations throughout this one-of-a-kind event.  Read more ... 
Petfood Innovation Workshop Participants at K-State Olathe

Cross-generational Learning Experience

K-State Olathe partnered with the Olathe East High School
Environmental Design studio class and industry advisors from Burns & McDonnell, Garmin and Hallmark to create a cross-sector and cross-generational learning experience. The studio class project is to design a creative environment for 7,000 square feet of unfinished space at the K-State Olathe campus. The project was stimulated by ideas resulting from the December 2014 design workshop to scale up workplace experiences for K-20 students.  Less than 5% of students in the U.S. have the opportunity to do internships. By connecting businesses, KSU faculty and tudents, the community and high school students, K-State Olathe plans to facilitate and create more peer, community and industry mentorship opportunities.
Olathe East High School Environmental Design students (L to R) Jayme Monier, Julia Kappelman and Ryan Walker

Seeking Associate Dean for Research and Innovation

The Associate Dean for Research and Innovation will oversee and promote applied, inter-disciplinary and translational research activities through public and private sector partnerships. Learn more and view the position description at 


Grant Awarded to K-State Olathe Faculty


An interdisciplinary team including faculty from the Departments of Horticulture, Animal Science and Industry, Adult and Continuing Education, and K-State Research and Extension were awarded a $39,169 Global Food Systems Innovation Grant from K-State. The team will organize a three-day International Symposium about Urban Food Systems at the K-State Olathe campus in June 2016. Learn more about the Global Food Systems Innovation Grants. 
Dr. Eleni Pliakoni, PI,  with students at organic
food store
Introducing New Certificate in Leadership Dynamics

A 15-credit hour Graduate Certificate in Leadership Dynamics for Adult Learners has been created to serve working professionals seeking to expand their skills in the areas of organizational leadership, interpersonal interactions, and multicultural and global perspectives.
Professor Judy Favor

 Accepting Scholarship Applications

JCERT Scholarships for Johnson County residents studying at K-State Olathe. Begin exploring your full potential through 
K-State Olathe programs. 
Scholarships Available

Prema Arasu, CEO
and Vice Provost
About K-State Olathe Innovation Campus

As a business-centric campus of Kansas State University, K-State Olathe Innovation Campus brings together K-State's expertise in animal health, food science, bioscience and bioengineering in addition to adult education to help working adults and businesses through graduate education, R&D and specialized training. Targeted at professionals from a wide variety of sectors, programmatic offerings will create  better trainers, managers and leaders as well as scientists and technicians. Situated on 38 acres, K-State Olathe Innovation Campus is part of the Kansas Bioscience Park and is a resource to the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor. As part of the Johnson County Education Research Triangle (JCERT) initiative, a cooperative effort with the University of Kansas, K-State Olathe Innovation Campus is primarily funded by a one-eighth cent JCERT sales tax.