Innovator in Residence

Richard Bankhead

Innovator in Residence


I am a Northwest resident who grew up in Auburn, WA.  I graduated with a BS in Chemical Engineering and an MS in Paper Science and Engineering from the University of Washington.  After graduation I spent nearly 10 years working as a process engineer in the pulp and paper industry.  The majority of that time was spent at a Greenfield 100% recycle paper-mill in Cedar Rapids, IA. 

I started teaching math part-time at Green River Community College in 2003. In 2005, I accepted a full-time position teaching engineering at Highline College where I taught for a little over 11 years.  In 2017, I transitioned to Seattle University to help launch the Innovation Lab in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. 

About the Innovation Lab

“It’s a safe space for students to come in and learn by doing.  The big idea is that for students to be successful in any coursework, prior experience is paramount to understanding the material….The difficulty in electrical and computer engineering is that you are learning about things that can’t be seen. Our goal is to help students engage and see some of the things that are hidden to them.”

Favorite Lab Equipment

I can typically be found creating 2D flat pattern designs in SolidWorks which be cut on the laser cutter and assembled into 3D objects.  

Favorite Quote

"What I cannot create, I do not understand." ~ Richard Feynman