Brian Kraft is the assistant vice president for innovation and research engagement within the Office of Research at Washington State University. Within this role, he is focused on building research partnerships with public and private sector interests that serve to translate innovative research at WSU into meaningful societal impacts. Kraft has a long track record of building successful collaborations in areas ranging from research focused on technology commercialization to the development of student training programs to the implementation of organizational change initiatives.
Specific WSU initiatives Kraft is currently leading include: efforts to implement the recommendations of the External Review of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, which aims to support and incentivize students and faculty to embrace a culture focused on impacts and outreach; the Entrepreneurial Faculty Ambassadors Program, which serves as a faculty networking group to disseminate best practices and connect experienced and aspirational faculty focused on public engagement; the WSU I-Corps site, which is a training funded by NSF focused on helping scientists and engineers evaluate product-market fit; the Small Business Development Center, which represents a statewide network of 30 small business advisors funded by the SBA; and the Innovation and Entrepreneurship initiative, which aims to better integrate technology focused economic development with undergraduate training in entrepreneurship.
Kraft holds undergraduate degrees in Biology and Chemistry, a Ph.D. in Chemistry and has served Washington State University in roles ranging from technology evaluation to programmatic development over the last 15 years.
The search advisory committee and President Scott Green are pleased to announce that Brian Kraft has been selected to interview for the position of Vice President for Research and Economic Development.
The open session will be held 3 p.m. Pacific time, 4 p.m. Mountain time, Thursday, June 25, 2020 in person (attendance limited to 40 attendees) and online via Zoom (registration is required). The recorded session (university login required) and online feedback form will be posted below and will be available until 8 a.m. Pacific time, Friday, July 3, 2020. The President invites feedback on the finalist through the online feedback form.