Welcome to THE HUB!

Florida State University's new Innovation Hub is the result of a $2.5 million investment by the Provost to deepen FSU's distinctive commitment to continuous innovation. Located at the heart of FSU's campus, the Innovation Hub fills the first floor of the Louis Shores building.

Our Mission: To foster a collaborative community founded on a culture of creativity and innovation that identifies issues, explores opportunities, and develops solutions using design thinking and emerging technologies.

Our Vision: Students from all disciplines working together to combine their unique expertise and perspectives under the guidance of experienced mentors to create novel and effective solutions to the vexing, complex, and wicked problems of our day.

Our Values: We strongly believe that the healthiest, happiest, and most productive organizations embrace four essential values:

  • Love: Empathy / Compassion / Kindness / Fairness / Respect
  • Creativity: Curiosity / Inventiveness / Humor / Playfulness
  • Authenticity: Genuineness / Honesty / Integrity / Openness / Transparency
  • Grit: Tenacity / Commitment / Courage / Responsibility

Our Scope:Our primary focus is on undergraduate students from all backgrounds and majors, while serving as a resource for the entire FSU community, with outreach to K-12 students, strong connections to the Tallahassee/Leon County innovation ecosystem, and partnerships with businesses and corporations.

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Transdisciplinary Discovery, Design, and Innovation to confront the vexing, complex and wicked challenges of our day.

DESIGN THINKING @ THE HUB

Design Thinking is the core innovation framework used @ The Hub. Design Thinking, sometimes referred to as Human Centered Design, is an innovation framework rooted in empathy, strongly dependant on the benefits of diverse perspectives, with specially designed methods and tools for investigation, ideation, prototyping, and testing.

The hallmarks of Design Thinking are:

  • Focus on human values
  • Collaborate across boundaries
  • Seek diversity and equality
  • Mindfulness of process
  • Show don’t tell
  • Bias towards action (fail fast forward)
  • Iterate and prototype toward a solution

We offer an introductory course in Design Thinking open to all students - ENT3607, Innovation by Design. In this class groups of students take on major challenges using Design Thinking methods to develop ideal solutions. We also offer workshops, meetups and design sprints to bring together designers from across disciplines.


We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.

- Albert Einstein

3D @ THE HUB

Design and prototype your 3D inventions in physical and virtual space.
Our Design Lab has high-powered graphics workstations for 3D design, and a materials library for low-fidelity prototyping.

girl using 3d printer

The Digital Fablab

Our Digital Fablab has equipment for bringing your inventions to life. Our 3D printer farm harnesses the power of 30 networked 3D printers supporting a wide variety of materials and dimensions. We also have 3D scanners, laser cutters, Arduino boards, Raspberry Pi boards, Little bits, and a soldering station with a wide assortment of electronic components to create your next electronic creation.

guy using vr

The VR Lab

Our VR lab provides limitless opportunities for students to reimagine the world in virtual and augmented reality. With three Oculus Rifts, three HTC Vives, Mixed Reality headsets and a Microsoft Hololense AR headset, students can explore the most popular VR and AR platforms. Workshops and meetups bring a wide community of VR enthusiasts together to share knowledge and ideas.

The best way to predict the future is to make it.

- Peter Drucker

welcoming staff

LEVEL UP @ THE HUB!

The Innovation Hub provides abundant opportunities for students to gain new skills and knowledge outside of class; skills and knowledge that employers are looking for! Gain an edge in the job market by attending workshops, trainings, competitions and hangouts around topics like

  • Coding
  • Web Design
  • App Development
  • Digital Graphics Design
  • Drone Aircraft
  • Videography
  • 3D Design
  • Game Design
  • Design Thinking
  • UX Design
  • 3D Printing
  • VR Development
  • Blockchain
  • Data Science
  • Programming with Python
  • and more.

All genuine learning is active, not passive.

- Mortimer Adler

Innovation Hub Partners

Innovation Hub partners support The Hub with critical resources and provide educational opportunities for our students. Partners serve on The Hub Steering Committee to help guide our direction. We couldn't exist without our partners.

An active member in Tallahassee's Innovation Ecosystem!

Our FALL 2019 Team

Administrative Staff

Ken Baldauf

Director

Email: ken@innovation.fsu.edu
Phone: 850.645.8649
Office: 123 Shores Innovation Hub

Ken Baldauf

Founding Director

Leila Gibradze
Leila Gibradze

Assistant Director - Operations

Email: leila@innovation.fsu.edu
Phone: 850.645.8418
Office: 121 Shores Innovation Hub

Leila Gibradze

Assistant Director - Operations

Issy Masduki

Assistant Director - Education

Email: issy@innovation.fsu.edu
Phone:
Office: 128 Shores Innovation Hub

Issy Masduki

Assistant Director - Education

Ren Saludo

Assistant Director - Design and New Technologies

Email: ren@innovation.fsu.edu
Phone: 850.645.8618
Office: 131 Shores Innovation Hub

Ren Saludo

Assistant Director - Design and New Technologies

Eric Adams
Eric Adams

Fablab Supervisor

Email: eric@innovation.fsu.edu
Phone: 850.645.8622
Office: 122 Shores Innovation Hub

Eric Adams

Fablab Supervisor

Graduate Assistants

Ebrahim Montazeri

Graduate Student Assistant

Email: ebrahim@innovation.fsu.edu

Ebrahim Montazeri

Graduate Student Assistant

Sierra Whitfield

Graduate Student Assistant

Email: sierra@innovation.fsu.edu

Sierra Whitfield

Graduate Student Assistant

Innovation Ambassadors

Andrew Augustine
Andrew Augustine

Undergrad Ambassador

Specialty: Coding

Andrew Augustine

Undergrad Ambassador
Computer Programming

Nick D'Angelo
Nick D'Angelo

Undergrad Ambassador
Information Technology

Specialty: Fablab, VR, Design, Web, Man About Town

Nick D'Angelo

Undergrad Ambassador
Fablab, VR, Design, Web, Man About Town

Vivi Huynh
Vivi Huynh

Undergrad Ambassador
Engineering

Specialty: Fablab Tech

Vivi Huynh

Undergrad Ambassador
Fablab Tech

Orlando Kenny
Orlado Kenny

Undergrad Ambassador
Computer Science

Specialty: Computer Programming

Orlando Kenny

Undergrad Ambassador
Computer Programming

Many more coming soon!

 

Failure is an option here. If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough.

- Elon Musk