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Scientist, explorer, entrepreneur to be featured speaker at engineering lecture series

NMSU's College of Engineering welcomes Joshua Neubert, CEO and founder of Zozude, LLC, a company devoted to engaging students with educational competitions, as the next speaker in the spring Verge Fund Lecture Series in Innovation, Ventures and Entrepreneurship. His presentation entitled, Create Your Own Start-Up Culture, will be held in Thomas and Brown Hall Room 104 at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 5.


This is a head and shoulders photo of Joshua Neubert standing in front of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Joshua Neubert will speak on April 5 about Creating Your Own Start-Up Culture at NMSU. (Courtesy photo)

Neubert has extensive experience managing non-profit organizations and incentive prize competitions. Most recently, he launched a $1.5 million energy storage competition with the Cleantech Open and NASA's Office of Centennial Challenges.

Neubert began his career at the X PRIZE Foundation where he led the development of the X PRIZE Cup education programs engaging more than 12,000 students. During his time at the X PRIZE Foundation, Neubert also created the Spirit of Innovation Awards - a competition for high school students to design solutions to STEM-based challenges. Neubert then teamed up with Nancy Conrad, wife of late Apollo 12 Commander Pete Conrad, to expand the Spirit of Innovation Awards and launch Conrad Foundation. As the founding executive director, he nurtured the Spirit of Innovation Awards to engage more than 3,000 students from around the country. In 2011, Joshua left the Conrad Foundation to launch the Night Rover Challenge.

In 2012, Neubert founded Zozude, LLC, to help foster the great innovators of tomorrow. The company works with students, schools, educators and competition managers to help youth engage in educational competitions uniquely suited to their talents and needs.

Neubert received bachelor's and master's degrees in planetary science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information contact Spyros Angelis at 575-646-2975 or loky@nmsu.edu.