Julie Fesenmaier is the Associate Research Director of the Cochran Research Center at the Fox School of Business at Temple University. Ms. Fesenmaier has expertise in economic development, survey and evaluation design with a research focus related to how emerging technologies will change the face of communities - communities of interest and communities of place. At the Cochran Research Center, Julie works with faculty to identify and develop research proposals and new funding opportunities for the Fox School of Business.
Ms. Fesenmaier has substantial expertise in stakeholder driven evaluation design and has directed many programmatic evaluations including an assessment of a variety of teaching and outreach organizations and telecommunications projects. She directed the stakeholder analysis of the Wireless Philadelphia initiative which contributed to the business plan created for Philadelphia's innovative and important project. Within the past 10 years, Ms. Fesenmaier has generated more than $800,000 in research grants; has published 20 papers and technical reports; and has presented at more than 50 professional conferences and workshops.
Prior to coming to the Fox School of Business, Ms. Fesenmaier was Sr. Research Specialist for the Laboratory for Community and Economic Development at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She directed the survey and evaluation lab for University of Illinois Extension. She is the creator of the Community Development (online) Toolbox featuring user driven economic development tools to help community leaders conduct surveys, benchmark progress on economic development initiatives; assess local telecommunications infrastructure, evaluate community Internet sites, and create strategic development plans. Her contribution to Internet product development has earned her the 1999 University of Illinois, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Innovative Staff Award.