About the Innovation Foundry

The Innovation Foundry (iF) is a teamwork and technology hub. We inspire collaborative innovation through support for challenge-based projects and other social ventures. iF empowers the ACU community in leveraging technology to solve real-world problems and to equip them with digital skills for the future. We can help you discover data, design solutions, and deploy web-based content. iF seeks to increase the reach and resilience of our partners’ research and creative inquiry.


DISCOVER new ways to support ideas, data, and problems with the use of technology, information resources, and team dynamics theory.

  • Research Support
  • Data Analysis
  • Survey Creation and Administration
  • Data Collection


DESIGN real-world applications for students and faculty.

  • Experience-based Learning
  • Adobe Solutions
  • Data Visualization
  • Presentation Design
  • Web-based Training


DEPLOY the curation of your created solutions through web-based innovation.

  • Web Development
  • Institutional Repository
  • Digital Publishing Support
  • ePortfolio Creation

Our Staff

Dr. Marisa Beard

Associate Dean of Educational Technology and Innovation Foundry

Dr. Stephen Rektenwald

Assistant Director of Educational Technology and Innovation Foundry

Amos Gutierrez

Creative Learning Technologies Coordinator and Adobe Ambassador

Our Space


We are located on the top floor of the Abilene Christian University’s Brown Library, near the bow window overlooking the Campus Center.


Available Tools and Technology

  • Wireless connectivity with a large flat screen
  • 3 large whiteboards
  • 4 large height adjustable tables with seating for 16 people
  • Easy access to iF staff
Can the iF space be reserved?

The Innovation Foundry is not a private space, but it can be reserved for workshops, presentations, and meetings.

Who can reserve the space?

This space can be reserved by faculty and staff. Students are welcome to use the space to study when it is not reserved for any events.