The University Innovation Fellows program offers undergraduate students in engineering and other fields the training and support to become leaders who catalyze change on their home campuses. The Fellows, nominated by their deans and faculty, help increase student engagement with entrepreneurship, innovation, creativity and design thinking at their schools. Our 110 Fellows at 78 schools are founding clubs, hosting events and workshops, collaborating with faculty on new classes, creating makerspaces, and more. Read about the Fellows' activities »

The program is run by the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter), which is funded by the National Science Foundation and directed by Stanford University and VentureWell (formerly NCIIA).

Visit the home of the University Innovation Fellows at dreamdesigndeliver.org

Applications are due October 31!

Fellows are sponsored by faculty and administrators at their schools and selected through an application process each spring and fall. Learn how to apply or sponsor a University Innovation Fellow at your school at dreamdesigndeliver.org.


Candidates take part in a six-week, online-based experiential training, where they connect with a national network of Fellows, examine their current entrepreneurial ecosystems, formulate action plans, and begin to implement their ideas.


Current Fellows

Jorge Sanchez, Arizona State University
Mary Wilcox, Arizona State University, Tempe Campus
Ellery Addington-White, Beloit College
Solomon Alolga, Berea College
Ali Djire, Berea College
Ability Kakama, Berea College
Yifan Ge, Bucknell University
Amanda Ruppert, Bucknell University
Nicholas Sinai, California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo
Lionel Cross, Clark Atlanta University
Breanne Przestrzelski, Clemson University
Corey Brugh, Colorado School of Mines
Nicholas Breeser, Cooper Union
Sharang Phadke, Cooper Union
Peter Hollender, Duke University
Malik Oliver, Fayetteville State University
Randy Stockman, Florida Institute of Technology
Bipol Alam, Florida State University, Panama City
Benjamin Riddle, Furman University
Megna Saha, Georgia Institute of Technology
Alexandra Flohr, Georgia Institute of Technology
Rachel Ford, Georgia Institute of Technology
Howard Brown, Hampton University
Attiyah Lanier, Howard University
Jevon Grant, Jackson State University
Lauren Distler, James Madison University
Jessie Gabris, James Madison University
Fletcher Grow, James Madison University
Kaitlyn Pirrello, James Madison University
Sarah Rozman, James Madison University
Hunter Casbeer, Kettering University
Saheb Kapoor, Kettering University
Kevin Mobolade, Mercer University
Brandon DuQuette, Michigan State University
David Shull, Michigan Tech
Jaime Arribas Starkey-El, Morgan State University
Mauricio Garcia, New Mexico State University
Sean Maroni, North Carolina State University
Natalia von Windheim, North Carolina State University
Andrew Dalman, North Dakota State University
Jacob Keasbey, Norwich University
Kinshuk Mitra, Ohio State University
John Herbert, Ohio University
Jennifer Mayo, Oklahoma State University
Mridul Bhandari, Pennsylvania State University
Terrence Agbi, Polytechnic Institute of New York University
Ian Hamilton, Purdue University
Jeffrey Ackerman, Purdue University
Meghan Olson, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Tayler Swanson, Rochester Institute of Technology
Katelyn Stenger, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Wilson Kurian, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Enis Cirak, Tennessee Technological University
Graham Leslie, Texas A&M University
Gurlovleen Rathore, Texas A&M University
Dean Tate, Texas A&M University
Alexandra Halbeck, Tufts University
Maria Garcia Quesada, Tulane University
Derek Dashti, Tulane University
Kim Ma, Tulane University
Thien Ninh, Tulane University
Myisha Moore, Tuskegee University
Hristina Milojevic, Union College
Jared Karp, University of California, Berkeley
Jack Goodwin, University of California, San Diego
Nicholas Fong, University of California Merced
Eduardo Rojas-Flores, University of California Merced
Tyler Salem, University of Central Florida
Fletcher Richman, University of Colorado Boulder
Caleb Carr, University of Colorado Denver
Gregory Wilson, University of Georgia
Chen Cui, University of Iowa
Atin Mittra, University of Maryland College Park
Valerie Sherry, University of Maryland College Park
Meenu Singh, University of Maryland College Park
Jade-Elizabeth Overton, University of Maryland Eastern Shore
James Abdallah, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Kevin Desjardins, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Ana Gouveia, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Jacob Hulme, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Amanda Ejups, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
Nolan Nicholson, University of Nevada, Reno
Lauren Abston, University of Oklahoma
Ryan Phillips, University of Oklahoma
Claire Sakaguchi, University of Oregon
Karuna Relwani, University of Pittsburgh
Brian Rhindress, University of Pittsburgh
Nathan Smialek, University of Pittsburgh
Kevin Bastien, University of Portland
Isaac Sanchez, University of Texas Austin
Benjamin Johnston, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Anish Dalal, University of Virginia
Rachel Smith, University of Virginia
Kelly Thomas, University of Virginia
Dasha Tyshlek, University of Virginia
Blake Margraff, University of Washington, St. Louis
Alex Francis, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Carlton Reeves, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Robert Salamon, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Abbey Buckenheimer, Villanova University
Andrew Batz, Virginia Commonwealth University
Elliot Roth, Virginia Commonwealth University
Ulysses Knight, Virginia State University
Michael Tantum, Wake Forest University
Amber Graviet, Washington State University
Viviana Tran, Washington State University
Brittany Wouden, Washington State University
Christopher Woodward, Western Michigan University
Chigozie Dike, Xavier University of Louisiana
Chinmay Jaju, Yale University

Where in the world are University Innovation Fellows?

University Innovation Fellows in a larger map

Southeast Regional Meetup
The first University Innovation Fellows Regional Meetup was held in Greenville, SC, October 3-4. View the photos and read a write-up of the event » 

Welcome to our 58 new University Innovation Fellows!
April 2014 58 students from 26 schools have been named University Innovation Fellows. Read the press release »

Apply for Winter/Spring 2015
Applications for the Fall University Innovation Fellows cohort are due October 31, 2014. Read the press release and apply now »

Apply for Summer/Fall 2014
Applications for the Fall University Innovation Fellows cohort are due June 30, 2014.
Apply now »

A Letter to Larry Page
April 2014
University Innovation Fellows respond to Paul Polak’s letter to Google's Larry Page with a letter of their own. Read »

Welcome to our 66 new University Innovation Fellows!
April 2014 
66 students from 45 schools across the United States have been named University Innovation Fellows. Read the press release »

Pinning Ceremony
April 2014
At the meetup, we recognized the University Innovation Fellows in our previous cohorts who have already been incredibly active at their campuses. Read more »

Fellows in Silicon Valley
March 2014
New and Candidate Fellows visited Silicon Valley March 20-22, where the students took part in immersive experiences at Google, Stanford University, and the Open 2014 conference. Check out the agenda and the photos.

Training begins for candidate Fellows
February 2014
Seventy-five students from 51 schools have been accepted to the program for Spring 2014. They are currently taking part in a six-week training to become Fellows.

White House blog publishes advice for young entrepreneurs from University Innovation Fellows
November 2013
Read the article: Advice from Student Entrepreneurs: “Be Fearless and Experiment”

University Innovation Fellows launch student entrepreneurship platform
November 2013
The platform, universityinnovation.org allows students across the country to share information about the entrepreneurial activities on their campuses.

White House blog features Fellows, Epicenter, new platform
November 2013
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy featured the University Innovation platform in a blog post by Doug Rand, Assistant Director of Entrepreneurship at OSTP, titled “Startup Culture Flourishes on America’s College Campuses"

Welcome to our 22 new University Innovation Fellows!
October 2013
Our 22 new Fellows represent 20 universities across the country. The Fellows have completed their training and will begin their work to achieve change on their campuses. 

Fellows in the News

Universities and media outlets are announcing the appointment of new Fellows and sharing their accomlishments. Read »

Blog Posts

Read more blog posts at dreamdesigndeliver.org.

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