Join a panel of LAS alumni who are successful innovators and entrepreneurs!
This panel event was designed to connect LAS students with successful LAS alumni who are doing work in the areas of innovation and entrepreneurship. During this event, alumni panelists who are founders and CEOs answer questions from a student moderator currently engaged in innovative programs at ISU.
Dillon Jensen ’21 (Computer Science)
Dillon is self-employed at his company, Jensen Applied Sciences. He is very involved in the entrepreneur community atIowa State. He has presented at numerous pitch competitions and is a member of the ISU Entrepreneurship club, and was a member of the 2019 CyStarters cohort, sponsored by the John Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship. Dillon hopes to remain an Entrepreneur for his entire career post-graduation
Alice Hudson ’63 (Chemical Technology)
Technical Director and former President and CEO of Surface Chemists of Florida, Inc. (SCF)
Alice Hudson is the Technical Director and former President and CEO of Surface Chemists of Florida, Inc. (SCF), a research and development company which in 2015 converted to employee ownership. SCF is active in technologies where surface and polymer chemistry are the basic sciences. Over its 50-year history, SCF has developed coatings for controlled release fertilizers that are being used in more than half of the North American production of these products.
SCF has also developed innovative technologies and products used in laundry products, industrial cleaners and processes, surfactant synthesis, oil production, and asphalt roofing. Hudson joined SCF in 1971, and was the owner, president and CEO from 1984 to 2015. A self-described “lab rat,” she has over 50 years of hands-on laboratory experience, beginning in Dr. Orville Chapman’s laboratory as a 17-year-old freshman at ISU. She has more than 25 patented inventions, a majority of which have been commercialized. She has also authored and presented papers at professional conferences.
Nolan Herlocker ’18 (Liberal Studies)
Owner of Nolan’s Lawn and Landscapes and Cedar River Rentals
Nolan is the owner of Nolan’s Lawn and Landscapes and Cedar River Rentals. He previously was the owner of Propelled solutions and Honey business. While at Iowa State, Nolan was involved in innovation and entrepreneurship and was a member of the 2017 Cystarters cohort, sponsored by the John Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship.
Lee Ann De Reus ‘86 (Political Science)
Executive Director of the Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project (DV LEAP)
Lee Ann De Reus, PhD, is executive director of the Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project (DV LEAP), based in Washington, DC. DV LEAP is the only non-profit in the US that provides access to justice and safety for survivors of domestic violence across the country by overturning unjust trial court outcomes through pro bono legal appeals. An ardent advocate for women’s and human rights, Dr. De Reus has dedicated her career to creating change for vulnerable populations in the US and Africa.
Dr. De Reus is co-founder – with 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr. Denis Mukwege – of Panzi Foundation USA, a non-profit that assists survivors of gender-based violence at Panzi Hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Prior to DV LEAP, she was an associate professor of Human Development and Family Studies/Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies for twenty years at Penn State University – Altoona. She received several awards from PSU including the prestigious Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Spirit of Internationalization Award. She was a Carl Wilkens Advocacy Fellow for the Genocide Intervention Network; the Distinguished Donahue Scholar in Residence at Lasell College; an Oxford University Roundtable Scholar; and a 2020 Lehigh University Innovator in Residence. Dr. De Reus is the recipient of Purdue University’s 2017 Distinguished Service Alumni Award, the 2018 Iowa State University Alumni Merit Award, and the 2018 National Council on Family Relations Inclusion and Diversity Social Justice Award for Contributions to Family Science.