Joe Bolick

Joe Bolick Joe Bolick standing before field of yellow flowers

Joe Bolick


Joe provides leadership and direction for the IWRC and oversees the public relations and communications activities. Joe graduated from UNI in 2004 with a degree in marketing, and has been involved with the center since his time as a student. Since then, he has taken on different roles and responsibilities including developing formal painter-training courses for the US Air Force, developing a virtual-reality simulator used to train painters, hosting two Midwest Food Recovery Summits, handling the marketing and communications for the organization, producing a cooking competition featuring culinary students using food scraps and ingredients, and launching and growing the Iowa Green Brewery Certification program.


BA (Marketing), University of Northern Iowa
MBA, Gonzaga University

Teaching Interests

Coatings application efficiency and techniques

Research Interests

Painting and coating industry trends, training course development, simulation training, marketing and sales strategy, design principles


Marketing strategy, media relations, brand awareness

Patents held / co-inventor: virtual coatings application system, virtual blasting system for removal of coating and/or rust from a virtual surface