Cliff Zintgraff, Ph.D. is a Program Manager at the IC² Institute at The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Zintgraff’s core focus is on inquiry learning. Around that area of focus, he leads programs and conducts research on entrepreneurship, technology commercialization, STEM education, and STEM education’s role in regional economic development. He was recently Principal Investigator for the StemDev Medellín program, promoting entrepreneurship and STEM education aligned with Medellín, Colombia’s regional science and technology plan. He is currently Principal Investigator of a multi-year corporate innovation program with a large U.S. financial services company.
Dr. Zintgraff has authored academic articles and book chapters on topics including corporate innovation, STEM education and economic development, professional volunteers in STEM education, regional cyber security programs, learning technologies, and educational philosophy. He has raised and managed US$2.8 million while developing innovative education programs. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Trinity University, an M.S. in Technology Commercialization from The University of Texas at Austin, and a Ph.D. in Learning Technologies from the University of North Texas.
As an entrepreneur, he leads a business delivering STEM education products and services. His service to the community has included co-founding and leading the Board of a STEM services and advocacy non-profit in San Antonio, Texas, USA; and co-founding the Information Technology and Security Academy in San Antonio. He has received several awards for his research and service contributions. Dr. Zintgraff has twenty-five years of professional experience in software development, medical imaging, secure telecommunications and educational technology.