Andrew Hanus

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Illuminating Discovery Hub Director
330 North Orchard Street, Room 3116
Madison WI 53715
Preferred pronouns: he/him/his
Joined WID: 2022

Grand Innovation Prize Models Systems Impact & Technology Policy Forecasting


Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Andrew has lived in 14 cities across 9 different states in the U.S., and has spent time overseas while in the U.S. Air Force. Growing up in a working class family, Andrew learned the meaning of hard work at a young age, thus instilling a tenacious work ethic. His personality and open-mindedness can be attributed to the wonderful people who influenced him as he matured, such as his loving mother, and terrific teachers. These traits served him well in the Air Force as a Military Working Dog Handler, where each day he and his canine companion Beni would search for explosives. Andrew always had an interest in science and technology and chose to pursue an education in that field studying first at Arizona State University and later at Georgia Institute of Technology. Andrew's personal mission is: To bring awareness to, and explore solutions derived from, science and technology so to address the means of integrating such technological advancements for the amelioration of society.


  • AS, Criminal Justice, Community College of the Air Force
  • BS, Arizona State University
  • Master of Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Master of City and Regional Planning, Georgia Institute of Technology


  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • National Science Policy Network