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 attract students to innovation and entrepreneurship movements on campus. Read more 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 the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA).

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


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.


University Innovation Fellows Meetup 2014


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.

New Fellows

Jorge Sanchez, Arizona State University
Solomon Alolga, Berea College
Ali Djire, Berea College
Ability Kakama, Berea College
Nicholas Sinai, California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo
Lionel Cross, Clark Atlanta University
Corey Brugh, Colorado School of Mines
Nicholas Breeser, Cooper Union
Malik Oliver, Fayetteville State University
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
Brandon DuQuette, Michigan State University
David Shull, Michigan Tech
Jaime Arribas Starkey-El, Morgan State University
Mauricio Garcia, New Mexico State University
Natalia von Windheim, North Carolina State University
Jacob Keasbey, Norwich University
John Herbert, Ohio University
Meghan Olson, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Enis Cirak, Tennessee Technological University
Gurlovleen Rathore, Texas A&M University
Maria Garcia Quesada, Tulane University
Kim Ma, Tulane University
Thien Ninh, Tulane University
Myisha Moore, Tuskegee University
Hristina Milojevic, Union College
Nicholas Fong, University of California Merced
Eduardo Rojas-Flores, University of California Merced
Caleb Carr, University of Colorado Denver
Atin Mittra, 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
Lauren Abston, University of Oklahoma
Ryan Phillips, University of Oklahoma
Claire Sakaguchi, University of Oregon
Kevin Bastien, University of Portland
Anish Dalal, University of Virginia
Rachel Smith, University of Virginia
Kelly Thomas, University of Virginia
Dasha Tyshlek, University of Virginia
Alex Francis, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Carlton Reeves, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Robert Salamon, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Abbey Buckenheimer, Villanova University
Ulysses Knight, Virginia State University
Amber Graviet, Washington State University
Chigozie Dike, Xavier University of Louisiana
Chinmay Jaju, Yale University

Current Fellows

Mary Wilcox, Arizona State University, Tempe Campus
Ellery Addington-White, Beloit College
Yifan Ge, Bucknell University
Amanda Ruppert, Bucknell University
Breanne Przestrzelski, Clemson University
Sharang Phadke, Cooper Union
Peter Hollender, Duke University
Randy Stockman, Florida Institute of Technology
Kevin Mobolade, Mercer University
Sean Maroni, North Carolina State University
Andrew Dalman, North Dakota State University
Kinshuk Mitra, Ohio State 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
Tayler Swanson, Rochester Institute of Technology
Katelyn Stenger, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Wilson Kurian, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Dean Tate, Texas A&M University
Graham Leslie, Texas A&M University
Alexandra Halbeck, Tufts University
Derek Dashti, Tulane University
Jared Karp, University of California, Berkeley
Jack Goodwin, University of California, San Diego
Tyler Salem, University of Central Florida
Fletcher Richman, University of Colorado Boulder
Gregory Wilson, University of Georgia
Chen Cui, University of Iowa
Valerie Sherry, University of Maryland College Park
Nolan Nicholson, University of Nevada, Reno
Karuna Relwani, University of Pittsburgh
Brian Rhindress, University of Pittsburgh
Nathan Smialek, University of Pittsburgh
Isaac Sanchez, University of Texas Austin
Benjamin Johnston, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Blake Margraff, University of Washington, St. Louis
Andrew Batz, Virginia Commonwealth University
Elliot Roth, Virginia Commonwealth University
Michael Tantum, Wake Forest University
Viviana Tran, Washington State University
Brittany Wouden, Washington State University
Christopher Woodward, Western Michigan University

Where in the world are University Innovation Fellows?

University Innovation Fellows in a larger map

A Letter to Larry Page
April 2014
University Innovation Fellows respond to Paul Polak’s open 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 higher 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 entreprneuership 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 UI 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

Innovation club challenges students outside of class - Feb. 28, 2014

We the Geeks: Student Startups - Nov. 20, 2013

National Entrepreneurship Month further encourages innovation, business savvy -  Nov. 15, 2013

COE student participating in National University Innovation Fellows program - Oklahoma State University, Nov. 13, 2013

UMD Student Earns National Innovation Fellowship - University of Maryland, Nov. 7, 2013

Engineering students named University Innovation Fellows - Texas A&M University Oct. 18, 2013

Read more »

Student Blog Posts

Innovation Activist? - October 23, 2013

Essential Reads for Engineers and Their Peers - September 8, 2013

Three Critical Remote Leadership Skills I Learned as a University Innovation Fellow - August 1, 2013

Cultivating an Entrepreneurial Community as a Student Leader - June 10, 2013

Four Student Ambassadors Launch Innovation Space Venture, BetaVersity - June 5, 2013

Read more blog posts at dreamdesigndeliver.org.

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