Connecting business and engineering students to give them real-world multidisciplinary experience, developing innovative leaders that can solve industry problems, and better collaborating with companies are key for Marquette University’s Innovation Alley initiative under its new executive director.

John Knapp, who previously was the director of external relations for Marquette’s college of business administration, is Innovation Alley’s first full-time executive director effective this week.

Innovation Alley is a partnership between the university’s business administration and engineering colleges, funded by donations from Chuck and Karen Swoboda and the Fotsch Family Foundation. It was envisioned in 2017 as a physical facility connecting Marquette’s business school and engineering school buildings.

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