To: All SDSU Faculty and Staff
From: Stephen Welter, Vice President for Research Subject: Zahn Innovation Platform (ZIP), Idea Lab Director
I am pleased to announce the appointment Kevin Popović to the position of Zahn Innovation Platform (ZIP), Idea Lab Director, effective July 11, 2016.
In this role, Kevin will work with university leaders, faculty, students, and community partners in the establishment, organization, and management of a new design thinking-based laboratory here on campus. He will have a lead role in the introduction of the “design thinking” concept to the entire University, including to students, key University leaders, and community personnel. His role will include designing and launching the ZIP Idea Lab on the SDSU campus, and guide its advancement to national prominence and leadership in the areas of creativity, collaboration, and innovation.
Kevin comes to us as founder and director of Ideahaus®, an award-winning creative communications agency, which has been recognized for its work in the field of communications: marketing, branding, advertising, design, Internet, social media, multimedia, public relations and events. Additionally, Kevin has been an instructor on-campus with courses in creative thinking in both the College of Business and the College of Extended Studies. He has an excellent understanding of the academic institution gained from his experience as a published author in social marketing and communication. In short, he is well prepared to lead the ZIP Idea Lab.
Kevin received his Masters of Arts in the Multimedia Technology Program in 2000 and his Bachelor of Science in Communications/Psychology in 1987, both from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA. My sincere appreciation and thanks to the search committee and to all who attended the interview sessions and provided feedback.
Please join me in welcoming Kevin to this important role.