Speicher serves as the Business Development Leader for the AIC, where he guides the commercialization of DRI innovation and the cultivation of industry-academic relationships between DRI research faculty and companies around the world. He is also the President of the Desert Research Corporation, the commercial companion to DRI.
As one the newest member of the board of directors at The Discovery, Speicher said he hopes to integrate the diverse scientific pursuits and accomplished research community at DRI with the museum’s mission to be a premiere science education and experience platform for Northern Nevada.
“It’s a privilege,” he said, “to be able to serve the community I grew up in, collaborating with this tremendous group of people who continue to build this valued institution. Science is all around us, and its effects impact our daily lives, particularly in an era of climate change. STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education is not only an ambition for our school-aged population, we aspire to elevate the level of science knowledge and sophistication for all ages.”
Speicher graduated from McQueen High School, and went on to earn undergraduate degrees from The Pennsylvania State University, an MPH from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins, and an MBA from the Sloan School of Management at MIT.
Speicher is also part of a team at DRI that is working with Discovery Museum staff to soon launch a series of special events aimed at making science accessible and relevant to the community. Inspired by, and in coordination with Nova ScienceCafe events, science and innovation happening at DRI will be discussed in informal, townhall like settings, meant to engage audiences.
The executive members of The Discovery’s board of directors include Chair Dusty Wunderlich, Vice Chair Mike Pagni, Partner at McDonald Carano Wilson LLP; treasurer Dan Clausen, Manager at Clausen & Company; secretary Dr. Diane Nicolet, Director of TMCC Child Care Center; immediate past chair Matt Anderson, Vice President of Northern Nevada Business Banking at Wells Fargo. Additional board members include Jed Bodger, Bryce Bohlander, Dr. David Crowther, Doug Erwin, Stacy Kendall, Jill Lillaney, Tony Manfredi, and Karyn Taylor.
Evolved from decades of data intensive pursuits at DRI, the Applied Innovation Center is leading the Institutes’ technology-based research and commercialization efforts in four key research areas and emerging platforms – Life Sciences and Informatics; Climate, Weather and Energy; Internet-of-Things (IoT) and Remote Sensing; and Engineering and Design. The AIC is supported by the State of Nevada’s Knowledge Fund and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.
For more information about DRI’s Applied Innovation Center please visit www.dri.edu
DRI, the nonprofit research campus of the Nevada System of Higher Education, is a world leader in environmental sciences through the application of knowledge and technologies to improve people’s lives throughout Nevada and the world. '
The Discovery creates interest and engagement in science for all. Through unique, hands-on programs and exhibits, The Discovery creates learning experiences that range from simple curiosity to deep understanding, empowering a community of critical thinkers. The Discovery is a locally founded nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. To learn more about The Discovery and how you can help support the museum’s mission, visit www.nvdm.org