About the Research Park

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Peter Ross
AVP Campus Planning & Physical Plant


DRI Research Parks, Ltd
2215 Raggio Parkway
Reno, NV 89512

Desert Research Institute (DRI) is a recognized world leader in basic and applied environmental research. With more than 300 active projects worldwide and generating over $50 million in annual revenue, DRI’s non-tenured entrepreneurial faculty blend academic rigor and private-sector pragmatism earning DRI a reputation for delivering rapid, reliable, and quality research in a businesslike fashion.

The DRI Research Park is not listed with any sole agent or broker.

DRI Research Parks, Ltd (DRIRP) may pay up to 5% commission to any agent or broker representing a prospect tenant for the research park, subject to the policy below:

  1. The broker incentive Policy applies only to sole-sourced leads brought to DRIRP by the broker or consultant.
  2. The broker incentive fee and payment schedule will be negotiated as part of the land lease agreement.
  3. The broker must be identified to DRIRP with written evidence of broker-client relationship prior to any engagement or site visit with DRIRP.
  4. The broker incentive fee will be based on a negotiated percentage with no consideration for future fair market value or Consumer Price Index extensions, options, holdovers and fair market value adjustments.
  5. The land lease will contain a provision that, should the tenant fail to perform subsequent to broker incentive payment(s), the tenant is required to reimburse DRIRP.
  6. The broker must provide full disclosure of other sources of compensation (lessee, lender, etc).   DRIRP will not participate in an arrangement that will effect double payment of commission.
  7. Payment will only be made upon fully executed land lease which must be signed within 90 calendar days following Board approval of the land lease.
  8. DRIRP Trustees and Staff, or NSHE employees are not eligible to participate in this program either while employed or within 12 months of separation from DRIRP or NSHE.


Home to the Desert Research Institute’s flagship campus the Northern Nevada Science Center, DRI’s Reno campus houses over 450 research faculty and over 40 specialized laboratories supporting the research fields of atmospherichydrologicearth & ecosystem science, and clean tech/renewable energy.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration operates its Western Regional Office for the National Weather Service within the Research Park. The National Weather Service is a component of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NOAA is an Operating Unit of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

University of Nevada, Reno

As a sister institution to DRI, The University of Nevada is less than 2 miles from DRI and the Research Park. As a Tier 1 institution of higher education, The University conducts over $160 million in research in engineering, environmental and health sciences with over 700 faculty in these disciplines.
On the Research Park campus, the University operates the Great Basin Science Sample and Records Library housing geological core samples from through out the western US.  These core samples are a vital part of geological science research and commercial applications in the mining and engineering industries.

Truckee Meadows Community College

Home to more than 13,000 students, TMCC provides the Research Park with workforce development access which last year produced over 500 graduates with associate degrees in science and applied science.

The Research Park is governed by DRI Research Parks, Ltd, a 501(c)3 corporation organized by the Nevada System of Higher Education and managed by both public and private sector community leaders that make up the Board of Trustees.

Corporate Officers

Ms. Tina W. Iftiger, Chair 
VP of Airport Economic Development 
Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority  

Mr. Peter Ross, President
AVP Campus Planning & Physical Plant 
Desert Research Institute 

Ms. Lindsay Sessions, Secretary/Treasurer 
Controller/Chief Accounting Officer 
Desert Research Institute 

Memebers of the Board of Trustees

Dr. Kumud Acharya 
Desert Research Institute 

Mr. Jeff Brigger 
Manager, Economic Development 
NV Energy 

Dr. Vic Etyemezian 
Interim VP Research 
Desert Research Institute   

Dr. Mridul Gautam 
VP Research & Innovation 
University of Nevada, Reno 

Mr. Karsten Heise 
Director of Strategic Programs 
Governor’s Office of Economic Development  

Dr. Karin Hilgersom 
Truckee Meadows Community College 

Mr. Mike Kazmierski 
CEO and President

Ms. Stephanie Kruse 
President/Chief Strategist

Mr. Michael Benjamin 
CEO and President
Benjamin Enterprises 

Dr. Greg Mosier 
Dean, College of Business 
University of Nevada Reno 

Mr. Jeff Pickett 
Senior VP
The DuPuis Group