As an inclusive innovation researcher, Donovan is focused on equitable economic empowerment and workforce development opportunities through a culturally sustainable education. 

Dr. Donovan Colquitt is the owner of Colquitt Collective, an organization that empowers scholars to unlock their ingenious through transformative learning experiences. Through this company, Donovan teaches students how to access postsecondary opportunities so they can achieve their dreams debt-free. To learn more, visit the website here.

After earning his PhD in Engineering Education and MS in Technology, Leadership, & Innovation at Purdue University, he seeks to expose minoritized youth in inner-cities to an ESTEAMED education. His goal is to discover methods of empowering students to leverage their gifts, skills, and talents to build a business that sustains positive change and builds wholistic wealth for themselves, their family, and their community. 

Before turning his focus on the intersection of engineering education and entrepreneurship, Donovan worked as an applications engineer for Carl Zeiss Industrial Metrology in Customer Education & Application Support. He also holds a BSE in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Sustainable Engineering from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. 

As a speaker, Donovan has led dozens of presentations designed to equip students with tools necessary to thrive as career-bound scholars and leaders inside and outside of school. 

Outside of his academic and professional work, Donovan enjoys kickboxing, producing music, and creative writing. 


  • Critical thinker with a solid technical foundation and keen interest in analyzing successful pedagogical methods, evaluating curricular and learning developmental structures, determining engineering student outcomes, and preparing research publications for the discussion of dignity and inclusivity within the field of STEM education.
  • Organized and productive project manager able to prioritize, plan, and execute multiple concurrent projects. Resourceful problem solver able to adopt multiple perspectives.
  • Engaging, outgoing communicator with excellent interpersonal, public speaking, presentation, and mentoring skills.
  • Earned a reputation as a versatile, industrious, productive team member who learns new technologies and processes quickly, demonstrates leadership and strives for success.
StrengthsFinder Assessment: (1) Achievement, (2) Futuristic, (3) Developer, (4) Analytical, (5) Focus

16personalities: INFJ

My DISC Style: Planner – Sc