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STAR Park Staff

Executive Director

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).



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.

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