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The University Innovation Fellows program empowers students to become agents of change at their schools. Participants acquire knowledge of tools, frameworks and program models that help college students develop an entrepreneurial mindset and creative confidence. Fellows create new learning opportunities for their peers and inspire them to seize opportunities, define problems and address global challenges. Our 452 Fellows at 131 schools are founding clubs, hosting events and workshops, collaborating with faculty on new classes, creating student makerspaces, and providing opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration. They serve as advocates for change with academic leaders and represent their schools at national events.

Fellows are sponsored by faculty and administrators at their schools and selected through an application process each spring and fall. After being accepted in to the program, 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.

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.

Visit the home of the University Innovation Fellows at

2015 Annual Meetup, March 2015

Mid-Atlantic Regional Meetup, November 2014

Southeastern Regional Meetup, October 2014

Annual Meetup, March 2014



Jorge Sanchez, Arizona State University
Stephanie Dolinger, Arizona State University at the Polytechnic Campus
Brandon Smith, Arizona State University at the Polytechnic Campus
Eden Shuster, Arizona State University at the Tempe Campus
Aubrey Wigner, Arizona State University at the Tempe Campus
Mary Wilcox, Arizona State University at the Tempe Campus
Hunter Elbourn, Beloit College
Ellery Addington-White, Beloit College
Anthony Ayebiahwe, Berea College
Jacob Heller, Berea College
Robert Hosking, Berea College
Dylan Mullins, Berea College
Tran Nguyen, Berea College
Eugeniu Prodan, Berea College
Solomon Alolga, Berea College
Ali Djire, Berea College
Ability Kakama, Berea College
Fatin Cooper, Bethune-Cookman University
Danielle Gaskins, Bethune-Cookman University
Roslyn O'Neal, Bethune-Cookman University
Yifan Ge, Bucknell University
Peter Puleo, Bucknell University
Alejandro Ramirez de Arellano, Bucknell University
Amanda Ruppert, Bucknell University
Nicholas Sinai, California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo
Amerika Bernal, California State University of Fullerton
Cristian Sanchez, California State University of Fullerton
Daniel Aguiar, California State University, Northridge
Diego Vilchez, California State University, Northridge
Aaron Chambers, Clark Atlanta University
Tiffany Mitchell, Clark Atlanta University
ariel rogers, Clark Atlanta University
Damon Willis, Clark Atlanta University
Lionel Cross, Clark Atlanta University
Connor Bolick, Clemson University
Breanne Przestrzelski, Clemson University
Corey Brugh, Colorado School of Mines
Nadia Gathers, Converse College
Nicholas Breeser, Cooper Union
Sharang Phadke, Cooper Union
Peter Hollender, Duke University
Bennett Driscoll, Elon University
Giles Roll, Elon University
Jensen Roll, Elon University
Matthew Snow, Elon University
Malik Oliver, Fayetteville State University
Randy Stockman, Florida Institute of Technology
Sami El Awad Azrak, Florida International University
Bipol Alam, Florida State University, Panama City
Phuong Can, Furman University
Tyler Higgins, Furman University
Benjamin Riddle, Furman University
Megna Saha, Georgia Institute of Technology
Alexandra Flohr, Georgia Institute of Technology
Rachel Ford, Georgia Institute of Technology
Leah Bauer, Grand Valley State University
Kathryn Christopher, Grand Valley State University
Howard Brown, Hampton University
Sarah Jones, Howard University
Attiyah Lanier, Howard University
Faizan Ahmad, Illinois Institute of Technology
Gabriel Conners, Illinois Institute of Technology
Syeda Fatima, Illinois Institute of Technology
Bartholomew Grabowski, Illinois Institute of Technology
Callie Joncas, Illinois Institute of Technology
Jevon Grant, Jackson State University
Chris Ashley, James Madison University
Andrew Carlone, James Madison University
Timothy Moore, James Madison University
Jack O'Neill, James Madison University
Emily Platt, James Madison 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
Matthew Allen, Kent State University
sravan kumar karpurapu, Kent State University
TAPTI SAHA, Kent State University
Robin Bonatesta, Kent State University
Cheyne Westerman, Kettering University
Alan Xia, Kettering University
Hunter Casbeer, Kettering University
Saheb Kapoor, Kettering University
Kenneth Brewer, La Salle University
Trans Lualhati, La Salle University
Onesimus Morrison, La Salle University
Christopher Coffin, Lehigh University
Kevin Mobolade, Mercer University
Brandon DuQuette, Michigan State University
Magann Dykema, Michigan Technological University
Joshua Krugh, Michigan Technological University
ARSH SAHU, Michigan Technological University
David Shull, Michigan Technological University
Bradley Turner, Michigan Technological University
Josh Jetter, Missouri University of Science and Technology
Adrien Feudjio, Morgan State University
Jaime Arribas Starkey-El, Morgan State University
Karl Johannes, New Mexico State University
Shanta Thoutam, New Mexico State University
Jaime (Jaymie) Marie Velasquez, New Mexico State University
Mauricio Garcia, New Mexico State University
Ember Krech, New Mexico State University
Brendan Sullivan, New Mexico State University
Noah Geib, New York University
John Henry, New York University
Jay Kumar, New York University
Sarth Desai, New York University
Sean Maroni, North Carolina State University
Natalia von Windheim, North Carolina State University
Andrew Dalman, North Dakota State University
Jordan Brummond, North Dakota State University
Jacob Larson, North Dakota State University
Drew Spooner, North Dakota State University
Jacob Keasbey, Norwich University
Alexandra Seda, Ohio Northern University
Kinshuk Mitra, Ohio State University
Peeyush Shrivastava, Ohio State University
Lori Bentz, Ohio University
Alex Kneier, Ohio University
John Herbert, Ohio University
Jennifer Mayo, Oklahoma State University
Mridul Bhandari, Pennsylvania State University
Terrence Agbi, Polytechnic Institute of New York University
Ashley Kelsey, Prairie View A & M 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
Sean Bolton, San Francisco State University
Laura Tschudy, Santa Clara University
Alex Hutchinson, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Brandon Nolte, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Jonah Kirby, Southern Methodist University
Capella Kerst, Stanford University
Autumn Turpin, Stanford University
Saba Khalid, Stony Brook University
Ethan Eastwood, Susquehanna University
Alexis Gargin, Susquehanna University
Pierce Perkins, Susquehanna University
Tiffany Richards, Susquehanna University
Jonathan Abbotoy, Tennessee Technological University
Abigail Collins, Tennessee Technological University
Enis Cirak, Tennessee Technological University
Graham Leslie, Texas A&M University
Gurlovleen Rathore, Texas A&M University
Dean Tate, Texas A&M University
Francis Atore, Texas Tech University
Taylor Person, Texas Tech University
Valente Rodriguez, Texas Tech University
Benjamin Simmons, Texas Tech University
Victoria Young, Texas Tech University
Marshal Head, TTU CC Partner: South Plains College
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
Sean Farrell, Union College
Hristina Milojevic, Union College
Nicholas Fong, University of California Merced
Eduardo Rojas-Flores, University of California Merced
Jared Karp, University of California, Berkeley
Deepak Atyam, University of California, San Diego
Alexander Finch, University of California, San Diego
Neil Gandhi, University of California, San Diego
Jack Goodwin, University of California, San Diego
Uzair Mohammad, University of California, San Diego
Joyce Sunday, University of California, San Diego
Tyler Salem, University of Central Florida
Klevin Lo, University of Chicago
Jonathan Pan, University of Chicago
Annie Zhang, University of Chicago
Fletcher Richman, University of Colorado Boulder
Caleb Carr, University of Colorado Denver
Natalie DeVarona, University of Florida
Daniel Kleinman, University of Florida
T. Stan Gregory, University of Georgia
Shalin Jyotishi, University of Georgia
Aditya Muralidhar, University of Georgia
Kevin Wu, University of Georgia
Gregory Wilson, University of Georgia
Aaron Goddard, University of Iowa
Ana Hertz, University of Iowa
Chen Cui, University of Iowa
Mackenzie Burnett, University of Maryland College Park
Jordan Greenwald, University of Maryland College Park
Atin Mittra, University of Maryland College Park
Valerie Sherry, University of Maryland College Park
Ashmi Sheth, University of Maryland College Park
Meenu Singh, University of Maryland College Park
Nicholas Mutai, University of Maryland Eastern Shore
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
Kyle Pitocchelli, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Valliappa Chockalingam, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Emmet Dettweiler, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Amanda Ejups, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Marissa Henri, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Kevin LaForest, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Christopher Kuehn, University of Minnesota, Precision Inc
Tyler Ebert, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Nolan Nicholson, University of Nevada, Reno
Jon Spiegel, University of New Haven
Teerth Brahmbhatt, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Shannon Coy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Natalia Gonzalez Chavez, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Alex Sherman, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Mark Brahier, University of Notre Dame
Elena Brindley, University of Notre Dame
Jeff Hansen, University of Notre Dame
Jonathan Jou, University of Notre Dame
Candace Alsenay, University of Oklahoma
Laura Davis, University of Oklahoma
Ashley Findley, University of Oklahoma
Alexandra Hamon, University of Oklahoma
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
Jennifer Sommer, University of Pittsburgh
David Jacob, University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus
Madhur Malhotra, University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus
Ian McIntyre, University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus
Harinee Suthakar, University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus
Taylor Hendricks, University of Portland
Cole Preece, University of Portland
Kevin Bastien, University of Portland
Christopher LoGiurato, University of Scranton
Isaac Sanchez, University of Texas Austin
Benjamin Johnston, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Daricia Wilkinson, University of the Virgin Islands
Chanice Williams, University of the Virgin Islands
Keturah Bethel, University of the Virgin Islands
Ykeshia Zamore, University of the Virgin Islands
Yi Tong Kan, University of Virginia
Angela Liu, University of Virginia
Benjamin Matthews, University of Virginia
Anthony Sung, University of Virginia
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
David Gallegos, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Nicole Green, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Alex Francis, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Carlton Reeves, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Robert Salamon, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Garry Jean-Pierre, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Amin Mojtahedi, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Tanner Wheadon, Utah Valley University
Erik Koehr, Villanova University
Abbey Buckenheimer, Villanova University
Andrew Batz, Virginia Commonwealth University
Elliot Roth, Virginia Commonwealth University
Reginald Burroughs, Virginia State University
Ulysses Knight, Virginia State University
John Marbach, Wake Forest University
Michael Tantum, Wake Forest University
Amber Graviet, Washington State University
Viviana Tran, Washington State University
Brittany Wouden, Washington State University
Varun Krishnamurthy, Washington University in St Louis
Stephanie Mertz, Washington University in St Louis
Chan Hyung Park, Washington University in St Louis
Huy Lam, Washington University in St. Louis
Pradeep Bhat, Wayne State University
Siwatu Sanders, Wayne State University
Nikolas Upton, Wayne State University
Zachary Crawford, Western Michigan University
Persefoni Lauhon, Western Michigan University
Christopher Woodward, Western Michigan University
Bradley Dice, William Jewell College
Amelia Hanzlick, William Jewell College
Conner Hazelrigg, William Jewell College
Kate McFerren, William Jewell College
James Milam, William Jewell College
Alexandria Arsi, Wofford College
Richard Fields, Wofford College
Cole McCarty, Wofford College
Chigozie Dike, Xavier University of Louisiana
Chinmay Jaju, Yale University

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Welcome to our 150 new Fellows!
October 2015
150 students from 52 schools have just completed training to join the University Innovation Fellows program. Read the press release »

Fall 2015 Regional Meetups
October 2015
We are thrilled to announce that the Fall University Innovation Fellows Regional Meetups will take place at Kent State University and James Madison University. Read more and register »

#uifresh Activities
September 2015
Twenty higher education institutions are welcoming their incoming students in a unique way as part of the national STEM initiative #uifresh launched by University Innovation Fellows in March. More »

Demo Days Letters
Fellows spearheaded the collection of letters from higher education leaders with a commitment to expand innovation and entrepreneurship offerings. The letters were shared with President Obama on White House Demo Day. More »

New Website
June 2015
The University Innovation Fellows have a new home at Check out the new website »

Apply for Fall 2015
March 2015
Applications for the Fall 2015 University Innovation Fellows cohort were due May 11, 2015Read the press release »

#uifresh Initiative Launched
March 2015
The University Innovation Fellows launched the #uifresh initiative with 10 schools to attract and retain more incoming STEM students. The initiative partners Fellows with university leaders to introduce innovation, entrepreneurship, design thinking and creativity to students during orientation to address the 60% attrition in STEM. This initiative was announced at the White House Science Fair. Read more »

2015 Annual Meetup
March 2015
The University Innovation Fellows 2015 Annual Meetup was held in Silicon Valley in February. View the photos and read a write-up of the event » 


Welcome to our 123 new University Innovation Fellows!
February 2015 
123 students from 53 schools have been named University Innovation Fellows. Read the press release 

Mid-Atlantic Regional Meetup
November 2014
The second University Innovation Fellows Regional Meetup was held in at the University of Maryland and in Washington, DC, November 1-2, 2014. View the photos »

Southeast Regional Meetup
October 2014
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!
October 2014 
58 students from 26 schools have been named University Innovation Fellows. Read the press release »

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

Apply for Summer/Fall 2014
May 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, 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

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