CIRAS Staff News: Meet Behrens & McGraw

We would like to announce that two new faces joined CIRAS at the end of 2019. (And watch this space for more staffing news in the days to come.)

Here are your brief introductions to the new CIRAS additions:


Jake Behrens has joined CIRAS as a project manager focused on new technologies. Jake received a bachelor’s degree in agricultural systems technology from Iowa State University, after which he worked with the university’s Biopolymers and Biocomposites Research Team and the Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites.

In 2016, Jake received a master’s degree in industrial and agricultural technology from Iowa State University. Since then, he has served as a research associate 2 in the Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites and a teaching laboratory coordinator in the Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department.

Jake’s role at CIRAS will include working within Industry 4.0 services and supporting the Iowa State Digital Manufacturing Lab powered by Alliant Energy.



Mary McGraw has joined CIRAS as business development manager. Mary has a bachelor’s degree in advertising from Iowa State University has been working for the university since 2011.

Mary began her Iowa State career in the College of Engineering’s Department of Aerospace Engineering, where she was responsible for office operations, special projects, human resources, special events, and assisting the department chair. In 2016, she moved to the College of Engineering Dean’s Office, where she served as a human resources coordinator – a role that included duties dealing with recruitment, learning and development, classification, and policy development.

In her newest role, Mary will be providing support to government contracting specialists in the CIRAS Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) and managing special projects for CIRAS.