STAR Park Staff
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.
Technical Operations Manager
Marcus is the Technical Operations Manager for STAR Park and is responsible for facilities management, safety, and technical operations supporting our clients. Marcus has a Ph.D. in Material Science Engineering and Commercialization from Texas State University. He also holds Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Chemistry. Marcus has participated in several entrepreneurial activities and co-founded a tech startup reusing a biowaste material to produce a chemical additive product. He is excited about innovation and commercialization of science and technology. Marcus is a veteran of the United States Air Force and has worked in communications, manufacturing, chemical, and materials science fields for over 25 years. Marcus’ career goals are focused on operations management, continuous improvement, and scholarly endeavors.
Marcus holds a private pilot’s license and is an aviation enthusiast. He likes to explore machines, mechanisms, tools, processes, and electronics. Marcus is also an accomplished musician and performer.
Entrepreneur in Residence
Jeff Zhao is an entrepreneur in residence at the Materials Applications Research Center. He is a design-oriented product owner and project manager with deep knowledge in enterprise healthcare IT, mobile application development and implementation, and VR/AR technology. He has also worked professionally around the world as an educator, coach, and mentor for over ten years.
He is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Technology Commercialization degree from the University of Texas at Austin to be completed in 2020.
He enjoys ultimate, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Super Smash Bros. Melee, and spending time with his younger brother.
Marketing Specialist & Web Designer
Austin Hall is currently a senior at Texas State where he is pursuing his B.S. in Advertising and Mass Communication with a minor in Business Administration. He serves as the Marketing Specialist and Web Designer for STAR Park. He is responsible for website management, social media upkeep, and event planning for STAR Park and STAR Park clients. He creates marketing materials, and works with University Marketing to ensure all marketing materials are within University guidelines.
In his spare time, Austin enjoys practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, swimming in the river, and walking his dog.
Administrative Support Specialist
Michael Knop is a senior at Texas State where he is pursuing a B.S. in Digital Media Innovation and Mass Communication. Michael is from Austin, Texas where he was born and raised. Michael has previously worked for another university as a Resident Assistant, but this is his first year at Texas State.
He enjoys sports, music, video games, and hanging out with his close friends.