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Ohio State University (OSU) has hired Shereen Agrawal, an expert in technology commercialization and entrepreneurship, to serve as the inaugural executive director of the Center for Software Innovation.

The new center will provide OSU students with opportunities for software entrepreneurship and advance education in software innovation, product management, sales and marketing.

In her new role as executive director, Agrawal will implement strategies to carry out the center’s vision, develop world-class curriculum led by university and industry experts, expand hands-on learning opportunities for students, and oversee the center’s daily operations.

Agrawal most recently served as co-founder and managing partner of Embedded Services, an Ohio-based consulting firm focused on product and commercialization strategies. She has also served as vice president of business development at Columbus-based Root Insurance and executive-in-residence at OSU, in which role she advised student start-ups.

“Throughout her career, Shereen has gained experience launching new technology, leading go-to-market initiatives, forging networks across global technology communities, and developing high-performing teams,” says OSU executive vice president and provost Melissa L. Gilliam. “These experiences, combined with her passion for cultivating community and fostering students’ potential, will be vital as she grows the center’s team.”

Agrawal comments, “I am a strong believer in the power of community and ecosystems and am excited to build this future for global innovation in Columbus and at Ohio State. The pace of innovation and change is quickly accelerating. With the rapid adoption of AI, automation and more, it is more critical than ever to equip students with the skills to not only adapt but also thrive.”

Source: Ohio State University

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