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Launched in 2011, the CSU Ventures Student Ambassador Program helps promote the vital connection between CSU researchers and CSUV. This program aims to strengthen CSUV’s visibility and presence among the research community at CSU.

CSUV Ambassadors include graduate students and postdocs from across academic disciplines at CSU who are interested in exploring how commercialization works within the university. Further, the program seeks to provide opportunities for Ambassadors to learn about various careers outside of traditional academic professorships. In addition to receiving training in CSUV’s technology transfer process, Ambassadors also aid in the development of innovative strategies to reach the following key objectives:

  • Increase understanding and awareness of CSUV’s role across all CSU departments, including participation in such events as the Graduate Student Showcase and various college/department research and recruitment days
  • Help CSUV become more proactive in anticipating and identifying innovative research and creative works;
  • Support CSU startups in gaining traction within specific industries by providing market research and competitive analyses;
  • Participate in planning and implantation of the Spring 2017 Demo Day

In its fifth year, 23 students have participated in the program from 15 departments across seven colleges, including the Colleges of Agriculture, Engineering, Health and Human Services, Liberal Arts, Natural Sciences, CVMBS, and the Warner College of Natural Resources.

Participants in the CSU Ventures Ambassador Program gain impact from the program in multiple areas. The program serves as a chance for Masters and PhD students to receive exposure and experience in their own fields, and provides other more nontraditional, opportunities such as movement direct from the program into startup companies and other job paths. For more information on the history of the program and Ambassadors working in the Startup Community and Nontraditional Job paths please click here.

2016-2017 Ambassadors


Miles is a graduate student at Colorado State University in the department of cell and molecular biology. His work focuses on environmental and genetic influences on DNA damage and repair. He also works for KromaTiD, a biotech company, focusing on mutation detection and disease diagnosis.


Michael is a graduate student at Colorado State University in the department of biology. His work focuses on enhancing crop production to support bioenergy technology and food security needs through plant molecular biology, biotechnology, and gene discovery.


Sarah is a graduate student at Colorado State University in the department of Food Science and Human Nutrition. Her work focuses on evaluating the associations between parent health characteristics, the home food environment, and child weight status.


Megan Aanstoos-Ewen is an Ambassador for CSU Ventures. She is responsible for collaborating with colleagues at CSU to assist in bringing greater understanding of technology transfer to the university. Megan has a PhD from the School of Biomedical Engineering at Colorado State University and she currently works as a postdoctoral researcher for Dr. Yvette Nout-Lomas at Colorado State University studying gait patterns in horses and other large animals.


Aimee has a VMD from the University of Pennsylvania and completed a large animal surgery residency and MS at Colorado State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital. She is currently a graduate student in the department of Clinical Sciences. Her research focuses on mesenchymal stem cell and induced pluripotent stem cell use in horses, as well as the treatment of equine sarcoidosis.


Michael is a graduate student at Colorado State University in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. His current research focuses on engineering process modeling of microalgae-based biofuel production systems and corresponding sustainability analysis, including Life-Cycle Analysis and Techno-Economic Analysis. Additional research interests include other sources of renewable energy production, specifically wind and solar, and electric vehicles.


Nathan is a graduate student at Colorado State University in the department of biomedical sciences. His work focuses on studying the underlying mechanisms of epileptic disorders and searching for potential targets to alleviate those symptoms.


Noelle Juengling is a graduate student at Colorado State University in the department of Natural Resources. Noelle's work focuses on implementing sustainable practices within the tourism industry that improve environmental impact, food and agriculture growth, and water and energy reduction. Previously, Noelle worked at a Chicago based venture fund that invests in early-stage technology companies that are improving education, health, economic empowerment, and resource efficiency.


Former ambassadors have gone on to many different careers, several are highlighted below:

  • Megan Aanstoos – Licensing Analyst, Ohio State University
  • Scott Fulbright, Co-founder and CEO of Living Ink Technologies (wwwlivinginktechn ologies.com)
  • Jess Joslin, Senior Scientist, Symbios Technologies (http://www.symbiosplasma.com/)
  • Jason Prapas, CTO and Director of India Operations, Factor(E) Ventures
  • Lyndesy Linke, CEO and Founder, SiVEC Biotechnologies (sivecbiotechnologies.com)
  • Eric Tauchman, Territory Business Manager, Biogen
  • Duncan Ryan, Co-Founder, TP Microscopy
  • Michael Barich, Postdoctoral Fellow, Corgenix Medical Corporations