Nebraska Innovation Campus executive director Daniel J. Duncan received AURP’s Career Achievement Award on September 20 during AURP’s International Conference, co-hosted by Greater Toronto’s MaRS Discovery District, David Johnston Research + Technology Park and McMaster Innovation Park.
AURP’s Career Achievement Award recognizes an individual who has made their research community a central focus of their career, who has achieved outstanding successes over a substantial period of time and who has received peer recognition for advancing the concept of university research parks and innovation districts.
“I am honored to receive this prestigious award from AURP, an organization that has been so important to my successful career as a research park director,” said Duncan. “I am proud of the Nebraska Innovation Campus partnerships and facilities that have been generated during my tenure, and am excited for the future of NIC.”
Duncan currently serves as executive director of the Nebraska Innovation Campus Development Corporation and is the immediate past president of AURP.
Duncan began his tenure at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in 1987 and moved into his current position at NIC in 2011. Under Duncan’s leadership, NIC has grown impactful partnerships between private sector businesses and the University of Nebraska. The campus features 570,000 square feet of completed facilities, and in 2021 the campus generated an overall economic impact of $454 million from the operation and investments of businesses, organizations and conferences located at NIC. Duncan plans to retire in early 2023.
“Dan’s inaugural leadership of the NIC has been tremendous and has allowed us to grow the campus to what it is today,” Chancellor Ronnie D. Green said. “Recognition by his peers with AURP’s Career Achievement Award highlights his achievements and also the success of the Nebraska Innovation Campus.”
Nebraska Innovation Campus had been a member of AURP for over 10 years. Since 1986, AURP has been the pioneer guiding leaders to cultivate communities of innovation at global anchor institutions such as universities, municipalities, federal labs and corporations. AURP is a dynamic one-stop shop network of university research park and innovation districts professionals coupled with innovation suppliers and aligned ecosystem institutions.
AURP’s International Conference annually brings together more than 200 research park and innovation district leaders from around the world for high-impact knowledge exchange and networking with the industry’s premier experts and leaders.
To learn more about AURP, please visit https://www.aurp.net.