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O’Donnell named CIRAS director

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Mike O’Donnell

The Center for Industrial Research and Service at Iowa State University has announced the appointment of Mike O’Donnell as its director.

O’Donnell has over two decades of experience in the manufacturing and engineering sectors. Before joining CIRAS, he held key positions in the defense and small appliance industries, where he worked in supply chain management, quality control, engineering and program management.

As director, O’Donnell will lead the strategic direction of CIRAS and foster relationships with industry partners, state and federal entities, faculty, and students.

O’Donnell has supported CIRAS during his career leading its Manufacturing Extension Partnership program, an initiative aimed at equipping Iowa manufacturers with tools and resources to succeed, leading efforts to establish the CIRAS Digital Manufacturing Lab powered by Alliant Energy and to launch the Iowa Sustainable Business Forum.

O’Donnell holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in mechanical engineering from Bucknell University and a Master of Business Administration from Iowa State.

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