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CIRAS Staff News: Meet John Michel

John Michel joined CIRAS as a Government Contracting Specialist with the APEX Accelerators, serving clients in Western Iowa. John brings over seven years of expertise in public procurement and contracting, specializing in various commodity areas, including scientific, medical (veterinary), construction, and MRO (maintenance, repair, and operations). In his past duties as a Senior Procurement Agent, … Continue reading CIRAS Staff News: Meet John Michel

Unlocking Business Potential Through Secondary Market Research

In business development, the strategic use of secondary market research is a pivotal tool for companies aiming to optimize their decision-making and enhance their competitive edge. This type of research involves analyzing existing data collected from various sources, such as government reports, industry statistics, and market analysis studies. Understanding how to leverage this data can … Continue reading Unlocking Business Potential Through Secondary Market Research

CIRAS Staff News: Meet Ally Kuehl

CIRAS welcomed Ally Kuehl as a Business Administrator. With over a decade of experience in fiscal management and operations, including roles at Iowa State University Recreation Services and as an office manager at a dermatology clinic, Ally brought valuable expertise. She is skilled in third-party process management, financial management, and regulatory reporting. Ally has demonstrated … Continue reading CIRAS Staff News: Meet Ally Kuehl

Q & A with Mary Zimmerman

Q & A with Mary Zimmerman  Role: DBE Support Services Program Manager Q: Tell me about your job and how it contributes to the overall goals of CIRAS to help companies prosper. I work with small construction companies, listening to their unique challenges and goals. This enables me to connect them with tailored resources and … Continue reading Q & A with Mary Zimmerman

How Preventative Maintenance & CIRAS Technologies Propel Manufacturing Productivity

There has never been a more critical time for small and mid-sized manufacturers to maximize the productivity of their labor force and production equipment. This goes beyond purchasing high-dollar equipment that can run at faster cycle times, hiring more people, or adding shifts in a tight labor market. Oftentimes, the first best step is simply … Continue reading How Preventative Maintenance & CIRAS Technologies Propel Manufacturing Productivity

Navigating Cybersecurity in Federal Contracting: Insights and Strategies

In the landscape of federal contracting, cybersecurity compliance has become a critical focus for companies aiming to secure and maintain contracts with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and other federal agencies. These cybersecurity requirements, particularly the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC), can be daunting. However, understanding these requirements is crucial for companies seeking to … Continue reading Navigating Cybersecurity in Federal Contracting: Insights and Strategies

Empowering Workforces: The Transformative Potential of Exoskeletons in Industry

Due to an aging and limited workforce, Iowa’s small to medium-sized companies are experiencing the not-so-unique pain points of repetitive injuries, lower productivity caused by fatigue, decreased efficiency, and turnover. Exoskeletons are emerging as a significant advancement in workplace ergonomics, thus addressing these pain points. They offer a blend of human intelligence and robotic strength … Continue reading Empowering Workforces: The Transformative Potential of Exoskeletons in Industry

Q & A with Kira Kistner

Q & A with Kira Kistner  Role: Manufacturing Research Strategist, External Services Q: Tell me about your job and how it contributes to the overall goals of CIRAS to help companies prosper. In my role as a Manufacturing Research Strategist, I am responsible for connecting Iowa State University researchers and Iowa industry representatives in the … Continue reading Q & A with Kira Kistner

Working at the Speed of the Customer Drove Putco’s Million-dollar Deal

A university might not be the first place a manufacturer would turn to for rapid parts testing, but that’s exactly what happened when Putco, a vehicle product accessory manufacturer in Des Moines, needed to evaluate the porosity of an aluminum vehicle part in a matter of days to secure a large contract. “CIRAS works at … Continue reading Working at the Speed of the Customer Drove Putco’s Million-dollar Deal