Saman Mostafazadeh-Fard, graduate student in the Civil Engineering Department at New Mexico State University, completed successfully the NMSU Arrowhead’s LAUNCH entrepreneurship program as a finalist this spring and has been accepted into NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) and Aggie I-Corps tech entrepreneurship training programs. The National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps program prepares scientists and engineers to extend their focus beyond the university laboratory, and accelerates the economic and societal benefits of NSF-funded, basic-research projects that are ready to move toward commercialization. Acceptance into the NSF I-Corps program is highly competitive, with only about 20 teams selected to participate per year. Through NSF I-Corps program, Saman will test the feasibility of commercialization of his research focus, a Liquid Organic Fertilizer produced from grass clipping waste. The goals of these programs are to spur translation of research, to encourage collaboration between academia and industry, and train students to understand innovation and entrepreneurship. Saman will receive mentorship, coaching and $2,000 stipend for Aggie I-corps and $50,000 in participant support for National I-Corps training programs that will begin in October 2017. Saman’s research in the NMSU Civil Engineering Department is sponsored by the NSF Engineering Research Center for Bio-mediated and Bio-inspired Geotechnics (CBBG), of which NMSU is a core partner university. Saman’s LAUNCH and I-Corps mentors and graduate advisors are Drs. Zohrab Samani and Paola Bandini. Saman and his advisors are applying for a utility patent. Saman successfully defended his Master’s thesis on July 12 and will continue his graduate education at NMSU as a Ph.D. student in civil engineering this fall.