Center for Innovation Strategies
About the Center

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Our mission

The Center for Innovation Strategies (CIS) inspires a growth mindset in organizations and students by

  • Acting as a catalyst and facilitator within the innovation ecosystem;
  • Providing quality instruction and enabling the co-creation and sharing of innovation knowledge, frameworks and tools, and;
  • Advancing innovation research and applied practice.

Defining Innovation
Innovation spans multiple disciplines and departments within companies and industries.
It is the practice of top-line growth and value creation through the development of new products and services, including new branded concepts, patents, and intellectual property.

  • Begins with target consumer’s articulated and unarticulated wants and needs
  • Employs multi-disciplinary collaboration
  • Incorporates networked, “open innovation” based partnerships
  • Combines strategic rigor and creative intuition in decision making

Innovate with CIS

The CIS Team

  • CIS Leadership
  • Talented Student Interns/GAs

    Justin Inacio's PhotoJustin Inacio
    Justin Inacio is currently a fifth-year undergraduate student at The Ohio State University with a projected graduation in 2022. He is pursuing a degree in biology with a pre-medical specialization, while simultaneously earning a minor in business. Justin has proven leadership abilities demonstrated by his elected position as a member of The Ohio State Men’s Lacrosse Leadership Council – he loves being a part of a team and working together to find success. Justin is very passionate about making a positive impact in the world, which is why he is so thrilled to be a part of the CIS team; he is inspired by being surrounded by innovative individuals with a like-minded mindset. Even though his academic career has been science based, he possesses an entrepreneurial mentality in which he can offer a unique insight and perspective. Within CIS, Justin’s goals are to inform and educate student athletes on innovation processes and opportunities. As an experienced member on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), which provides input on Athletic Department policies and programming, he has a great understanding on how to deal with issues that student athletes face.

    Eva Mazzola's PictureEva Mazzola
    Eva Mazzola is a fourth-year student at The Ohio State University studying finance with a minor in Spanish. The importance of financial freedom and problem solving drives her interest in the world of finance, investments, and consulting. As an International Affairs Scholar, she enjoys learning about travel and global issues through community involvement. Additionally, being involved within the Ohio State community has been one of her goals with on-campus jobs as a past Office Assistant for residential life helping and connecting with OSU residents and faculty. As a former OnRamp student innovation analyst, she enjoyed collaborating in the CIS program to build customer-focused solutions with evidence based concepts for partnering companies. Using the entrepreneurial skills learned from CIS, she is working as secretary for student event planning start-up 3rdWheel focusing on business development and design. Currently, Eva continued to work with CIS alongside Onramp coordinator Christian Lampasso, researching project opportunities, focusing on student involvement within the innovation process.

    Mario Ramos Soszna's PictureMario Ramos Soszna
    Mario Ramos Soszna “Alex” received his bachelors in Bioengineering and Pre-Medical Studies from Miami University and is currently a 2ndyear MBA student at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business. He is the current Vice-President of the Supply Chain Association (SCA) as well as the Treasurer for the Fisher Healthcare Association (FHA) and Fisher Latino Graduate Association (FLGA). This summer Alex interned at Unilever in their Walmart Customer Strategy account where he connected Walmart and Unilever systems via a PowerBI one stop shop to help the team analyze their categories within Walmart.com more efficiently and identify Walmart.com catalog gaps. He is currently a Graduate Research Associate with the Experiential Program in Drug Development at CIS. In this role working with Brian Wulff PhD, Alex is providing strategic support for CIS partners including technology assessments, market and competitive analysis to support the development of new therapeutic technologies.

    Ethan Rosas' PhotoEthan Rosas
    Ethan Rosas is a 4th year student majoring in Finance and minoring in World Politics. Since his first day on campus, Ethan has been ambitious and sought to get involved in a wide array of fields. As a former Entrepreneurship and Innovation Scholar, Ethan has been heavily linked to the entrepreneurial community at Ohio State. He served as the Presentation Director for LaunchpadOSU (Ohio State’s first student-run startup competition), interned at local venture development firm Ikove Capital, and is currently a student program leader for the Legacy Project. In this role, he mentors and teaches Columbus high school students about growth mindset, character strengths, and more. No matter what the role is, Ethan seeks to make a lasting impact and be a positive influence on others. Other involvements include being an active member of the Buckeye Undergraduate Consulting Club, and the treasurer of Phi Gamma Delta.

    Thomas Stephens' PictureThomas Stephens
    Thomas Stephens is a first year MBA student at The Ohio State Fisher College of Business with a focus in Business and Data Analytics. He received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Union College (New York) in 2018. After completing his undergraduate studies, he conducted research at Weill Cornell Medical College as part of a Hematology/Oncology Lab from 2018 to 2020. His research focused on hemopoietic stem cell reprograming as well as the role of basement membrane macromolecules in blood vessel formation and regeneration. In 2020, he moved from New York City to Columbus and briefly worked at The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center before starting his MBA. Currently, Thomas is a member of the CIS Experiential Program in Drug Development as a Graduate Research Associate  and is working under Brian Wulff PhD to provide technology assessments, market analysis, and competitive analysis of new therapeutic technologies to partners of CIS.

    Christina Strati's PhotoChristina Strati
    Christina Strati is a current fourth-year student at The Ohio State University pursuing a marketing major, with a general psychology minor. She is the President of The American Marketing Association (AMA) at Ohio State. As a Media, Marketing, and Communication Scholar, she is interested in the psychological aspects of marketing, including consumer behavior. In addition to these involvements, she is a part of CHAARG, an Ohio State group that focuses on empowering women to stay healthy and active. As a former OnRamp student innovation analyst, she experienced innovation in a unique way, partnering with a corporate sponsor to validate existing insights and create new ones. Within CIS, she assists Jenny Heckscher in organizing events, seminars, and workshops with the goal of educating current Ohio State students, staff, and corporate partners about innovation and the entrepreneurial world.  

    Lizzie Voss's PhotoLizzie Voss
    Lizzie Voss is a senior studying Finance at The Ohio State University. Lizzie’s passion for innovation stems from her involvement with the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Scholars program during her first two years at OSU. Being a part of the founding team and executive council of LaunchpadOSU (Ohio State’s first startup weekend), she learned the value of building something from the ground up. She currently works as a student program leader for the Legacy Project, where she develops and facilitates activities teaching growth mindset, financial literacy, and character strengths for two Columbus high school student cohorts. Lizzie is also involved with OnRamp within the Center, where she is learning to innovate and solve problems in new ways with her team. In addition to her involvements within CIS, she is a member of College Mentors for Kids and Alpha Xi Delta. After graduation, Lizzie plans on moving to Cleveland to work with Avient Corporation in their Finance rotational program. 

Contact Us

Paul Reeder  
Executive Director
Center for Innovation Strategies
227 Mason Hall
250 Woodruff Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43210