Amy Hopper will be joining the Arkansas Research Alliance as a program manager for its ARA Core Facilities Exchange.
In this role, Hopper will be responsible for developing this program, which is intended to serve as an online clearing house of research instruments and scientific equipment throughout Arkansas. The ARA Core Facilities Exchange will provide a searchable inventory of technical information, descriptions and links to equipment at research universities and federal laboratories in Arkansas.
“This resource could boost the state’s research enterprise by helping our universities compete better for funding, seek new collaborations, and reduce redundancies in capital expenditures,” Arkansas Research Alliance CEO Bryan Barnhouse said in a statement. “It’s a tall order and we firmly believe that Amy is the right person to bring this vision to fruition.”
The project is projected to be up and running by the end of 2021.
Most recently, Hopper served as a program officer for Winrock International. In this role, she managed the I-Fund and Delta I-Fund, which provided resources for early-stage entrepreneurs in Arkansas and the Delta Regional Authority region.