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The TCU IdeaFactory is a unit of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies dedicated to supporting the innovative and creative spirit of TCU students and the entire TCU community by providing an environment, frameworks, and resources to advance ideas and drive creative solutions.

Supporting the innovative and creative spirit of TCU

To be the hub for innovation at TCU

Radical Collaboration
Optimistic Spirit
Fail Fast & Forward
Make a Difference

Idea Factory possesses an innovative human centered design DNA expressed through:

Collaboration with students, faculty, staff and others to bring together multiple perspectives to solve challenges,

Coaching and workshops for student projects,

Courses that use human centered design thinking as its core, and

Co-curricular experiences to equip the TCU community to understand the problems they want to solve and design solutions to make a positive impact in their communities.

In 2010, Dr. Eric Simanek, a professor of chemistry was appointed the first director of the program by Dean Demitris Kouris. During that time, IdeaFactory was a part of the College of Science & Engineering. With the support of Dean Phil Hartman, IdeaFactory has secured space in the new Rees-Jones Hall, a state-of-the-art instructional building. Currently, the program lives in the new School of Interdisciplinary Studies, while serving the entire campus community.  Under the new leadership of Dr. Stacy Grau, IdeaFactory has adopted a framework that encompasses a human-centered approach to advancing ideas. Our goal is to be the hub for innovation at TCU.