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Wichita Business Journal; Wichita State, Koch, unveil GoCreate makerspace

The following excerpt is from the Wichita Business Journal’s coverage on October 30:

Wichita State University on Friday announced that the makerspace included in the experiential engineering building on its innovation campus will be called GoCreate.

The GoCreate brand was designed by Wichita’s Greteman Group.

Click here to read more about GoCreate, the new makerspace on Wichita State’s campus: Wichita State, Koch, unveil GoCreate makerspace

Wichita Business Journal

© Wichita Business Journal, 2015

Koch and Wichita State University Announce GoCreate, the WSU Innovation Campus Makerspace

WICHITA, Kan.  –– Liz Koch, president of the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation, unveiled the name and logo of the new makerspace that will open in the fall of 2016 on the Wichita State University Innovation Campus. The announcement was made at an event today at WSU. GoCreate, a Koch Collaborative, is the name of the state-of-the-art space, which will be located in the Experiential Engineering Building. The space will be open to creators and inventors of every age and background.

“GoCreate is about bringing people and ideas together,” said Liz Koch.  “It’s exciting to think what will happen in this space when people can work together and take ideas from imagination to creation.”

GoCreate is part manufacturing plant, part design studio and part garage workshop. It will be a place where creative people of all ages and skill levels will have access to sophisticated equipment and training, shared work spaces and a supportive community.

“We envision GoCreate as a launch pad for innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship and technology, and as a catalyst for business creation and economic growth,” said WSU President John Bardo. “It will be an exciting resource for the campus and community.”

GoCreate’s brand, designed by Greteman Group, represents elements coming together, interlocking to create something stronger and smarter than the sum of its parts.  Kits to build a small version of the logo can be picked up at the National Institute for Aviation Research while supplies last.  Use your kit – or combine with a friend – to build something cool, then share it.  Post your photo or video on Instagram using #GoCreateWSU and you could win a six-month membership to GoCreate. Entries will be judged on originality. Contest closes Dec. 31, 2015. Winner will be announced Jan. 8, 2016.

In 2014, Koch Industries and the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation pledged $11.25 million to create and advance programs at Wichita State aimed at helping students excel and become the next generation of entrepreneurs, innovators and business leaders. It was the largest gift ever to the WSU Foundation from a corporate/foundation source. Funds totaling $3.75 million from that gift will help establish GoCreate.

Koch Industries and Wichita State collaborated on the idea of establishing an open innovation lab that removes high-cost barriers so that aspiring entrepreneurs can build prototypes of their ideas and begin to commercialize business opportunities.  Koch’s gift provides scholarships and training stipends to qualifying applicants based on financial need, as well as mentoring support through fellowships.

GoCreate can be found online at, as well as on Facebook (GoCreateWSU), Twitter (@GoCreateWSU), YouTube (GoCreate WSU), LinkedIn (GoCreate) and Instagram (GoCreateWSU).    

Tracee Friess
Director of Communication
WSU Research and Technology Transfer
(316) 978-5597
[email protected]

Keturah Austin
Manager, Corporate Communications
Koch Companies Public Sector, LLC
(316) 828-5227
[email protected]

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Celebrating Aviation’s Own

We shouldn’t have to continually rationalize and promote the value of aviation. But we do. One of the best ways I’ve found: celebrating those who make a positive and lasting difference.

I’ve had a front-row seat to aviation excellence as the Wichita Aero Club Trophy Selection Committee chair for the past five years. This year, we had 15 stellar candidates. I found it both humbling and inspiring to pore over the nominations. These nominees have made so many contributions over the years and had such an impact on our industry. Aviation relies on R&D, innovation and uncovering the next big thing. But it’s good to pause. To reflect. And to congratulate.

Sky of Dreams

Each year the Wichita Aero Club selects a trophy recipient whose contribution can be within the calendar year or represent a cumulative career of significant contributions. It can go to a living person, group, or organization connected to the Air Capital. Past recipients include:AeroClub Winners

And the Winner Is…

The 2015 trophy was announced at our recent October Wichita Aero Club meeting and will be celebrated more extensively at our January gala. This year’s honoree: the Doc’s Friends Restoration Team. This WWII-era, Wichita-built, Boeing B-29 Superfortress has quite a story, which I’ve shared in an earlier issue of BlueSky. Boeing B-29 Superfortress It’s captivated the hearts of those diligently working to restore Doc to flying condition.

For the past 18 years, Restoration Team volunteers have donated thousands of hours of labor, expertise and resources. They’ve carried off something of a miracle. What was once a disassembled, nearly unrecognizable hulk left in the desert as a bombing-range target now gleams with promise. Indeed, it is on track to fly yet this year. It will be one of only two flyable B-29s left on the planet.

What Generation Gap?

It isn’t often that a cause appeals to young and old. Doc’s Friends does. Its volunteers range from boundless-energy millennials to veterans in wheelchairs (who also seem to have an endless reservoir of energy). Doc’s Friends exemplifies the Wichita Aero Club’s mission of networking and education. It’s most deserving of the club’s efforts to elevate those who make aviation great.

Jump on the Doc Bandwagon

In an effort to raise funds needed for fuel, maintenance, insurance and more; Doc’s Friends launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign. It has until October 30 to reach its $137,500 goal. If they don’t achieve that, the way Kickstarter works, they get none of it. To learn more about how you can get involved with Doc’s Friends and support its educational mission, visit or the Kickstarter campaign at And if travels bring you to Wichita next January 23, join us at the gala so you can fete Doc’s Friends in person. Gather details and secure tickets here: Coming Out Hangar

This column ran in the October 22 issue of Bluesky Business Aviation News.