Ames EDC

Board Member Spotlight: Peter K Dorhout

Posted on November 1, 2021 at 8:00 AM by Steven Lawrence


Peter K Dorhout


Occupation and company you work for?

Vice President, Iowa State University


What is a fun fact about your business or something you’re doing at your business that you’re excited about?

Cutting edge research that's trying to make a difference in people's lives.


What is your role with the AEDC, and how long have you been involved?

Board member since January, 2021


What is the most interesting thing you have learned about local economic development by being involved in the AEDC?

Universities like ISU can be a valuable engine of innovation for new ideas, technologies, and solutions that can impact the local and regional economy.


Why do you continue to be involved in local economic development? Why is this an important issue for you?

The chief research officer for the university, I am passionate about our higher calling to create new knowledge and make new discoveries that can impact humanity and build prosperous communities.


What other involvements do you have in the local community/county?

I serve our neighborhood on the land scape committee and have served Scouting on the Executive Board (in Kansas before moving to Ames). I am a member of the Ames Area Wood Turners and Ames Area Woodworkers clubs that provide outreach to our community.


What are your favorite pastimes/hobbies?



Who are the members of your family?

Carolyn Dorhout - spouse


If you had only one hour a week to watch TV, what would you watch?

The Woodsmith Shop/This Old House on Iowa PBS 


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