Stephen Frayser brings over three decades of experience in economic development, research park management, and successful efforts to spur the innovation economy. He served as one of the principal staff directing efforts to create the original University of Nebraska Technology Park in 1996 and became its President in 2003. Over the next nine years, the Park added over 2,400 jobs, 300,000 square feet of laboratory, engineering and office space, and over $68 million in private sector investment.
In November, 2012, Frayser became the first Executive Director of Texas State University's Science, Technology, and Advanced Research (STAR) Park and a new technology incubator/collaborative facility (STAR One). STAR One has been expanded twice from its original 14,000 square feet to 36,000. STAR Park has been expanded from 38 acres to 58 with an additional 20 acres under option. Since 2014, companies located in STAR One have created over 60 jobs, funded over $1.5 million in university research, hired 14 Texas State graduates, and raised more than $32 million through equity and strategic alliance investments.
In August, 2017, Frayser was appointed co-director of the Materials Applications Research Center (MARC). MARC is a university-level innovation center created to establish Texas State as a leader in the formation of integrated innovation strategic initiatives furthering creation of an innovation-led economy through applied research, engagement, and entrepreneurship. Key components include development of a university-wide platform for identification and development of new multi-disciplinary collaborative strategic initiatives, a robust multi-disciplinary entrepreneurship effort focused upon new venture launches, and a seamless structure for support of critical applied research resources for public and private collaborations.
In addition to his research park experience, Frayser has served as Deputy Director of the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, Interim Director of Technology Commercialization for the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, and Economic Development Director for the City of Lincoln, Nebraska.
He is active in the Association of University Research Parks (AURP) serving on its Executive Committee as Secretary of the Board of Directors, chairs the Awards Committee, and is an instructor for the Building Communities of Innovation training program. Frayser is also involved with the Austin Chamber of Commerce, Greater San Marcos Partnership (GSMP), and the Central Texas Chapter of Semiconductor Equipment Materials International (SEMI).
Teresa Rudolph is the Business Manager for STAR Park and is responsible for business operations. She has been with Texas State in various support roles for 18 years and has over 30 years of business experience. Teresa is currently on hiatus from working on a Business Management degree at Texas State and hopes to return to her studies soon. In her spare time, Teresa enjoys crafting, spending time with family, and fishing.
Marketing Specialist & Web Designer
Miranda Ferris is currently a senior at Texas State where she is pursuing her B.S. in Public Relations and Mass Communication with a minor in Political Communication. She serves as the Marketing Specialist and Web Designer for STAR Park, where she is responsible for website management, social media upkeep for STAR Park and STAR Park clients, creating marketing materials, and working with University Marketing to ensure all marketing materials are within University guidelines.
In her spare time, Miranda enjoys reading, working on puzzles, and traveling.
Technical Operations Manager
An alumnus of Texas State, Peter Walker is the Technical Operations Manager for STAR Park. Peter has worked with Texas State since 2014 providing training and technical oversight for equipment in the Analysis research Service Center with expertise in x-ray diffraction and ellipsometery. Peter graduated with a B.S. in Physics in 2015, and is currently pursuing a M.S. in Physics with an emphasis on Materials Science.
A long time baseball fan and avid chess player, Peter enjoys friendly competition both on the field and across the board.
Administrative Support Specialist
Leah Porterfield graduated from Texas State in December 2016 with her Bachelors in Accounting. Currently, Leah is pursuing her Masters of Accountancy. Leah serves as the Administrative Support Specialist for STAR Park where she is responsible for providing miscellaneous administrative support to STAR Park and STAR Park clients. In her free time, Leah enjoys being outdoors and getting active out in the Hill Country area, as well as spending time with friends and family.
Assistant Real Estate Director
A 1977 Texas State graduate, David Bisset returned to his alma mater as the Assistant Real Estate Director in 2008. One of his very first assignments was to support the creation of a multi-disciplinary research center. David led the site search that identified the current STAR Park location and served in a leadership role for the programming and design effort for the first phase of STAR One. He continues as a member of the STAR Park team by providing assistance in real estate related matters.