Foster Center for Student Innovation

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Foster Center for Student Innovation

Foster Center for Student Innovation

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  • Phone: 207-581-1454
  • Fax: 207-581-9393
Foster Center for Student Innovation
University of Maine
5798 Student Innovation Center
Orono ME
04469

Renee Kelly

Renee Kelly

Co-Director of Programs, Operations and Outreach

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  • Phone: 207.581.1401

Renee Kelly is director of economic development initiatives for the University of Maine. Her duties include serving as a liaison to the state’s economic development community and identifying opportunities for the University to partner with state, regional and local organizations to improve Maine’s economy. She also co-directs the Foster Center for Student Innovation, which helps students become innovators and entrepreneurs, and leads the development of the Center’s groundbreaking Innovation Engineering® programs for students and businesses. In addition, she teaches advanced courses in the innovation engineering program and regularly consults with businesses to help them innovate new products, services, processes and business models. She also serves on the boards of several economic development and service organizations, including serving the state as a trustee for the Maine Rural Development Authority and a member of the State Workforce Investment Board.

Margo Lukens

Margo Lukens

Co-Director of Academic Programs

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Margo Lukens is professor of English and director of academic programs in Innovation Engineering at the University of Maine. Since 2005 Professor Lukens has been working on the development of the groundbreaking INV curriculum, and shaping the programs available to UMaine students. Professor Lukens, former chair of the University of Maine Department of English, also co-directs the University’s Foster Center for Student Innovation, helping students from all major fields and specializations become innovators and entrepreneurs. Since 2010 she has overseen the training of faculty in the University of Maine System (and beyond) in the teaching of Innovation Engineering® courses.

Her work has included producing and directing Native American plays on campus and in the region, and generally working to make things real whenever possible. She is a founding member of the Radcliffe Pitches, the Orono Community Theatre, the Stillwater Community Arts organization, and the band Velma: “the love child of Ella Fitzgerald and Lyle Lovett.”

Jesse Moriarity

Jesse Moriarity

Coordinator

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  • Phone: 207.581.1427

Jesse Moriarity is the coordinator of the Foster Center for Student Innovation and co-director of the Target Technology Incubator at the University of Maine. Most of her time is spending providing business and project counseling services to students and community members. Previous to the University of Maine, Jesse worked at Bangor Hydro Electric Company as a web and graphic designer. She is a University of Maine graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a minor in New Media. She is also an Innovation Engineering Black Belt and GrowthWheel Certified Business Advisor. She is part of the Top Gun Bangor team, a hub coordinator for Blackstone Accelerates Growth, a member of the Big Gig steering committee and sits on the Environmental Tech board of the Maine Technology Institute.

Angela Marcolini

Angela Marcolini

Innovation Engineering Outreach Coordinator

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  • Phone: 207.581.1429

Angela Marcolini is the Innovation Engineering Outreach Coordinator at the University of Maine’s Foster Center for Student Innovation. As a certified Innovation Engineering Black Belt, she has been active in creating Innovation Engineering course curricula and programming at both the K-12 and postsecondary levels. Her current projects include providing support to institutions that are licensing the Innovation Engineering curriculum as well as collaborating with local schools and organizations to develop meaningful educational experiences in both physical and virtual environments.  Angela received her Bachelor's in English from Coastal Carolina University and went on to earn a Master's in English from the University of Maine.  She currently sits on the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce's Building Bridges Steering Committee and the Mobilize Eastern Maine Education Sector subcommittee.

Jennifer Hooper

Jennifer Hooper

Mentoring & Business Coordinator

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  • Phone: 207-581-1454

Jennifer Hooper is the mentoring and business coordinator at the Foster Center for Student Innovation and the Target Technology Incubator at the University of Maine. Jennifer has a B.S. in Business Communication from Bentley University and is pursuing an Intermedia MFA and an Innovation Engineering grad certificate at the University of Maine.  Prior to joining the innovation center, she was a technical writer for several software companies, a co-owner of a furniture repair franchise, and a commercial real estate appraiser.  She presently helps manage the Top Gun entrepreneurship accelerator program, provides business coaching to students and community members, co-coordinates the Blackstone Accelerates Growth innovation hub in Bangor, and co-manages office space at the Target Technology Center in Orono.  Jennifer was nominated for the 2013 Leadership and Vision Award by Fusion:Bangor, served as the Outreach and Professional Development Officer of the University of Maine Graduate Student Government, and is a former participant in the Bangor Region Leadership Institute (BRLI).