O’Donnell Is New CIRAS Director

Mike O’Donnell is the new director of CIRAS. Mike O'Donnell, CIRAS Director.

O’Donnell has been part of the CIRAS team since 2008. For the past decade, he has led the CIRAS Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program, a private-public partnership focused on equipping small and medium-sized manufacturers with the essential tools and resources for achieving success. O’Donnell also led efforts to establish the CIRAS Digital Manufacturing Lab powered by Alliant Energy, launch the Iowa Sustainable Business Forum, and expand CIRAS services in strategy and growth.

In his new role as director, O’Donnell will lead the overall strategic direction of CIRAS. He will focus on fostering relationships with industry partners, state and federal entities, faculty, and students.

“I’m honored to lead the CIRAS team,” said O’Donnell. “I look forward to working with our team and our partners in this role as we continue our mission to make Iowa a better place to live and work.”

Before joining CIRAS, O’Donnell held key positions in both the defense and small appliance industries, where he showcased his expertise in supply chain management, quality control, engineering, and program management. He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from Bucknell University, and an MBA from Iowa State University.

O’Donnell’s appointment was effective June 16.