The Ronnie K. Irani Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth Team works to further the mission of I-CCEW by bringing together the best people and high-impact projects to create new businesses and deliver in-demand programming to the entrepreneurial and innovation communities in Norman, Oklahoma City and Tulsa.
The I-CCEW Team
Jeff Moore | Executive Director
Prior to joining the University of Oklahoma, Jeff addressed growth and entrepreneurship in a variety of roles and institutions, across a spectrum of industries.
As President of Superior Silica Sands, an early-stage mining company, he oversaw a capital expansion that doubled capacity and introduced new products for the oil services, golf course, and industrial sand industries.
As an Associate Principal with McKinsey & Co., a global management consulting firm, he provided senior leadership counsel to a wide variety of manufacturing, financial, and energy businesses in capital project evaluation and execution, transaction due diligence, and strategic planning. A leader within the energy practice, Jeff was a firm expert in operational excellence and front-line change programs in energy and mining. He was McKinsey Pittsburgh's liaison to the Pittsburgh Technology Council, and business plan screener for the city of Pittsburgh's "Enterprize" business plan competition.
Earlier in his career, Jeff served in the U.S. Navy as a submarine officer, with tours of duty aboard the USS Ohio (Blue) SSBN-726, Trident Training Facility (Bangor), and the NATO submarine command staff. He is a graduate of the Naval Nuclear Power School, a graduate level program in nuclear reactor plant theory and operations.
Jeff is a graduate of Rice University, with degrees in Electrical Engineering (solid state electronics focus) and Economics. He holds a masters degree in Applied Physics from the University of Washington (with a focus on nano-engineering), and an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University with majors in finance, accounting, and strategy.
Sue Ringus | Director
As Director of the I-CCEW Internship, Sue provides support for I-CCEW in problem solving, visual and verbal communication, professional development, and growth of the internship program.
Previously Sue was an engagement manager with McKinsey and Co., a global management consultancy, serving clients in education, financial services and pharmaceutical/ life sciences on strategic and operational issues. She also worked in marketing and client service for Harris Alternatives, a Chicago-based fund of hedge funds manager.
Sue holds a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and an MBA with concentrations in strategy and finance from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
Susan Moring | Director, OKC
Susan is Director of I-CCEW’s programs and operations in Oklahoma City, which she helped launch in 2017. Located at the OU Research Park, I-CCEW in OKC brings together top OU students from the College of Medicine, Price College MBA program, and the OUHSC Graduate College to launch new health care innovations through real-world experiential learning internships.
In addition to managing I-CCEW internships in OKC, Susan also works to build connections between OU and the entrepreneurial community in OKC through programming like OK Coders, Oklahoma’s first web developer boot camp which has trained 200+ new software developers in OKC and Tulsa.
Prior to her role as OKC Director, Susan held a number of other positions within the I-CCEW organization, including Intern, Team Leader, Fellow, and Director of the Norman office. As a Fellow, she managed I-CCEW’s Bay Area internship program and grew the Oklahoma Funding Accelerator program to serve more than double the number of clients each year. During her time as Director, she expanded the OK Coders program in OKC and Tulsa and managed the annual 300+ attendee TEDxOU conference.
Susan graduated summa cum laude from the University of Oklahoma in May 2013 with a B.B.A in Entrepreneurship and Venture Management and minors in Marketing and Non-profit Organizational Studies. In her free time, she volunteers as an Organizer for the local 1 Million Cups entrepreneurial meetup, and she also serves as a Startup Weekend Facilitator, traveling around the U.S. to lead communities through the process of launching a business in a weekend.
Cassandra Rigsby | Director, Norman
Prior to her role as Norman Director, Cassandra served as a Fellow for I-CCEW specializing in interdisciplinary teams in Norman and in Tulsa, helping create sustainable impact through technology commercialization and social entrepreneurship. Cassandra also worked closely with the Oklahoma Funding Accelerator team, guiding student consultants as they work 1-on-1 with local entrepreneurs.
She previously interned with the I-CCEW in Tulsa, working with a nonprofit organization providing healthcare in rural Africa, and eventually traveled to Swaziland to present expansion recommendations in-person.
Cassandra graduated from the University of Oklahoma, Tulsa in May 2015 with an MPA and a concentration in Public Policy. She also has a B.A. in Public Relations from OU with a minor in Political Science and a concentration in Environmental Policy. While at OU, Cassandra worked as a research assistant for the Center for Risk and Crisis Management studying spent nuclear fuel policy, contributing to a yearly report for Sandia National Laboratories.
Hannah Ralston | Director, Tulsa and Program Manager, The Mine
Hannah Ralston is the Director of I-CCEW Tulsa and the Program Manager for The Mine, a social entrepreneurship organization that seeks to combine Tulsa’s brightest with high-impact, community facing social innovation projects. Her role is to create sustainable impact, retain talent and build a culture of social innovation in Tulsa through fellowship management and community engagement.
Prior to joining The Mine, Hannah served at the Tulsa Area United Way in Community Investments, where she oversaw the process for the investment of $3.7 million in grants to youth development and basic needs nonprofit agencies. In this role, she was also responsible for data management and analysis for the investment process as well as training community volunteers to evaluate TAUW partner agencies' programs and operations.
Hannah was a part of the third Mine Fellow class in Fall 2015, during which she and her teammates developed Modus, a wrap-around transportation network created to help teenagers access social services. She graduated in 3.5 years with honors from Oklahoma State University with a B.A. in English. Hannah also serves on the board of directors and marketing committee for Oxley Nature Center.
Jo Kirungi | Fellow, Norman
As a Fellow, Joan specializes in I-CCEW’s Agile Product Design (APD), Software Business Accelerator (SoBA), and Interdisciplinary projects, guiding teams to develop robust, high-impact solutions to complex challenges in product and software innovation, technology commercialization, and entrepreneurship.
Joan joined I-CCEW in Fall 2016 as an intern on the APD team building FREO, an electricity-free evaporative cooling apparatus to prolong the shelf-life of fresh produce for market vendors in Kampala, Uganda. She returned in Spring 2017 to lead the next APD team in the design and construction of the Welkin, an atmospheric water generator that employed thermoelectric cooler technology to extract moisture from air and address the pressing problem of water scarcity in rural India. Team Welkin was also accepted to compete in the $1.75 million Water Abundance XPrize competition as 1 of 98 teams from around the world. She also worked with a team of alumni in San Francisco on a commercialization plan for HydroVirga, a startup developing a patented Nuclear Magnetic Resonance technology for use in capital heavy industries.
Joan graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering. Outside of work, her interests include soccer, and British and French comedies.
Michael Rath | Fellow, Norman
Michael is one of the fellows and focuses on ensuring the I-CCEW internship acts as a formative experience for its students. In addition, he works to maximize the benefit for the organizations and institutions that partner with I-CCEW. He works on I-CCEW's projects in the realms of new technology commercialization and social entrepreneurship to further the goal of economic growth and diversification.
Prior to joining the I-CCEW staff full-time, Michael served as an Interdisciplinary Analyst intern in Spring 2016 on the commercialization strategy for a new chemical industrial process, as an alumni Bay Area Consultant in Summer 2016 with a climate prediction startup, and as a Team Leader in Spring 2017 providing a growth plan for an education non-profit.
Michael graduated from the University of Oklahoma with honors in May 2017 with a Bachelors in Chemistry Education. While at OU, Michael also served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Honors Undergraduate Research Journal, as an Innovative Education Society research fellow, and as a consultant for The Oklahoma Group.
In his free time, Michael enjoys watching movies, hiking in national parks, and amateur photography.
Hayden Padgett |Fellow, Norman
As a fellow, Hayden focuses on I-CCEW’s oil and gas exploration program, guiding the team to think and operate like an independent oil producer to develop a complete drilling recommendation based on a semester of extensive, industry-standard analysis.
Hayden joined I-CCEW in Fall 2016 as an interdisciplinary analyst intern working on a project to commercialize a new compound that can neutralize poison ivy and skunk odor. He then served as a Team Leader in Spring 2017 to provide an actionable plan for a Silicon Valley nuclear reactor company to enter the markets of oil and gas production and African power generation. During the Summer and Fall of 2017 he worked with RKI Energy Resources to test the pilot program for I-CCEW’s new oil and gas exploration program.
Hayden will graduate from the University of Oklahoma in May 2018 with a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering. In his free time, he enjoys playing golf, drinking coffee, and watching the Food Network.
Jennifer Lynn | Fellow, Tulsa
As the Tulsa I-CCEW Fellow, Jennifer challenges interns to generate the best possible solutions to complex problems using human-centered design strategies. Jennifer is interested in promoting the economic development of Oklahoma through social entrepreneurship.
Jennifer joined I-CCEW in Fall 2016 as an Interdisciplinary Analyst Intern working with Oklahoma Catalyst Fund to launch Oklahoma’s first search fund to bring companies and top talent to the state. Jennifer then served as Team Leader in Spring 2017 providing Intelligent Automation, Inc. with a commercialization plan for their voice-based PTSD diagnostic technology.
Jennifer is a third-year occupational therapy student at the University of Oklahoma and will graduate in Spring 2018. She enjoys reading biographies and hiking with her dog Francis in her spare time.
Jake Manning | SoBA Instructor
Jake is the instructor for the developer boot camp for the Software Business Accelerator team, teaching the foundation, languages, and tools necessary to work on the development project and create a software product for the semester. Additionally, he serves as the team's mentor throughout the semester, providing guidance and advice where needed.
Jake began his I-CCEW involvement as a development intern on Spring 2016’s Team Pinying, working to improve an iOS application presenting an intuitive system of English phonetics designed for Mandarin speakers. He came back in Fall to be part of the Advanced Cell, collaborating on a Slackbot for Dom & Tom.
Jake will graduate from the University of Oklahoma, Norman in May 2018 with a B.S. in Computer Science, with a minor in mathematics.