About Project X-ITE

Our Manifesto. Our Team.

Our Manifesto

We seek answers to big challenges and find solutions that break the mold.

We are visionaries. Trailblazers. Makers. Thinkers. Designers. Doers. We don’t send invitations. We make space for everyone who shows up because we know that possibilities and horizons expand as more people sit at the table. If you’re ready to work, eager to play, and often blur the lines between the two, we want you on our team.

We share – ideas, credit, time, and expertise. We are on the cutting edge of opportunity, setting a faster pace and a new paradigm of flexibility and inclusive leadership. We come from across disciplines and diverse backgrounds. We see pathways and connections visible only to the inspired eye. We bridge divides and know that the most important things we have to offer are collaborative spirits and open minds. We know how to adapt, and we don’t always follow the rules.

We don’t fear missing out because whatever we create, whatever we ideate, whatever we launch will be what the world didn’t know it was missing. We welcome failure, we celebrate oddball ideas, and we accept that we don’t have every answer. We iterate, we pivot, and we embrace the first pancake.

This is our way of life. We start up, and we never stop. We are the next generation of entrepreneurs, technologists, and innovators. We are Project X-ITE.

Our Team

Nina Sharma

Nina Sharma

Co-Director

Matt Rutherford, Ph.D

Matt Rutherford, Ph.D

Co-Director

Liz Iracki

Liz Iracki

Director of Corporate and Industry Engagement

Brady Archer

Brady Archer

Event Manager

Tali Koziol-Thomason

Tali Koziol-Thomason

Marketing Manager

Nate Egan

Nate Egan

Student Innovation Fellow

Chandler Carlson

Chandler Carlson

Operations Manager

Innovation Fellows

Stephen Haag

Stephen Haag

Daniels College of Business

Jesse Burne

Jesse Burne

Graduate School of Social Work

Laleh Mehran

Laleh Mehran

Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences

Patience Crowder

Patience Crowder

Sturm College of Law

Student Advisory Board

Utilizing student leadership is critical to Project X-ITE. The Student Advisory Board is a cross-disciplinary multi-level group spanning across the University of Denver committed to helping Project X-ITE offer opportunities for students to explore innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship.

Thomas Bealer | Co-Chair
Juris Doctor
Sturm College of Law

Alex Lewis | Secretary
Master of Business Administration
Daniels College of Business

Nathan Egan
Master of Science, Computer Science
Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science

Alice Havill
Master of Business Administration
Daniels College of Business

Ciera Blehm
Bachelor of Arts, Business Analytics & Socio-Legal Studies
Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences

Jennifer Hope Wilson, MSW, IMBA
Doctoral Student
Graduate School of Social Work


Stormer Santana

Bachelor of Science, Finance
Daniels College of Business

Anna Bernhardt | Co-Chair
Juris Doctor
Sturm College of Law

Aish Narang
Master of Accountancy
Daniels College of Business

Luke Johnson
Bachelor of Arts, Economics & Spanish
Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences

Daniel Farrell
Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering
Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science

Jayne Butler
Master of Fine Arts, Emergent Digital Practices
Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences

Reyn Aubrey
Bachelor of Science, Business Administration
Daniels College of Business

William Alverson
Bachelor of Science, Finance
Daniels College of Business