Dana is Co-Founder and Director of Academic Partnerships for Riipen. As an undergraduate, he learned firsthand how difficult it is for students to transition from education into a relevant, meaningful career upon graduation. When looking back at his education and at all of the projects students complete, he realized that while most of them ended up in a recycling bin, many had industry merit that could benefit local organizations while helping students build their experience and skills. Combining talents with a few of his peers at graduation, he set himself on a path to improve the education and recruitment systems so that future generations could more easily transition to successful career paths while companies easily find the talent they need to fuel their future growth and success. Together, they launched Riipen, an online educational platform that enables schools to provide micro-experiential learning projects at scale.