Travis Klopfenstein is the executive director for programs at the University of Iowa Technology Institute. He connects U.S. Department of Defense related research and technology invented at UI with the appropriate science and technology communities in defense and aerospace. Travis also leverages his networks and lessons learned as a ground combat veteran (TACP/JTAC) with the U.S. Air Force, and as a manager for a major defense contractor.
Klopfenstein spent 12 years at Rockwell Collins (now Collins Aerospace) as a programs manager and a business development manager responsible for transitioning innovation in the following business lines: advanced datalinks/comms, soldier systems, next generation simulation & training (Virtual/Mixed Reality, LVC, MILS), and navigation (GPS/PNT). Travis is one of the original “Plank Owners” from the I/ITSEC Blended Warrior LVC exercise. Travis previously worked in the Central Florida Research Park office of Rockwell Collins and has returned to the Research Park to open and manage ITI’s Orlando office.
Klopfenstein is an Air Force veteran with two combat deployments. He worked closely with coalition and host nation units controlling air power and providing security for establishment of peace accords in small villages throughout northeastern Afghanistan and Al Anbar province in Iraq. He served in remote combat outposts as well as joint operation centers, he worked with small host-nation units, as well as Marines, Army, Air Force and allied militaries.