Dr. Terri Fiez joined the University of Colorado Boulder in September of 2015 as the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation. In this role, she is responsible for the over $500 million research portfolio that includes supporting current research operations, growing cross-disciplinary collaboration, and building research partnerships with other universities, industry and federal laboratories. The Research and Innovation Office (RIO) has been expanded to include the Office of Technology Transfer and the Office of Industry Collaboration. RIO is leading the university’s first grand challenge focused on space exploration and earth observation. Additionally, RIO is leading the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative for campus. She is passionate about building partnerships with industry, the startup community, and federal labs to build a strong ecosystem for the state and nation. In collaboration with colleagues at the other Colorado research institutions, she hopes to share the impact of world-class research institutions for educating a talented, work-ready workforce, creating new IP and ventures for economic prosperity and seeding the innovation ecosystem.
Prior to arriving in Boulder, she spent 16 years at Oregon State University as Head of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Terri is an Electrical Engineer whose research is in analog integrated circuits. She took a leave of absence in 2008 to co-found a Solar Electronics startup company. She was bitten by the startup bug and hopes to seed entrepreneurial experiences for CU Boulder students and faculty connecting them to everything that the vibrant Boulder startup community has to offer.