Five Clemson University students were named University Innovation Fellows through a Stanford University program that encourages innovation, entrepreneurship, design thinking and creativity.
This year’s crop of fellows include: Collin Braeuning, a sophomore majoring in computer engineering;
Patrick Gorospe, a junior majoring in industrial engineering; Madison Maddox, a sophomore majoring in computer science; Elena Miyasato, a sophomore majoring in biosystems engineering; and Carlie Van a junior majoring in bioengineering.
In a video, students pitched three projects.
StartUp Clemson would be a three-day design and creativity boot camp for incoming freshman. Earth Jam would give students a chance to display art work, music and design activities in a festival-like atmosphere, possibly around Earth Day in April.
InnoGrid would be aimed at increasing awareness of design resources and spaces at Clemson.
The University Innovation Fellows program is run by Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design. With the addition of the new Fellows, the program has trained 776 students at 164 institutions since the program’s creation.
The idea behind the program is to empower students to become agents of change at their schools.
“Fellows work to ensure that their peers gain the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to compete in the economy of the future and make a positive impact on the world,” according to a written statement announcing this year’s Fellows.
“To accomplish this, the Fellows advocate for lasting institutional change and create opportunities for students to engage with innovation, entrepreneurship, design thinking and creativity at their schools. Fellows design innovation spaces, start entrepreneurship organizations, host experiential learning events and work with faculty to develop new courses.”
To learn more, go to: http://universityinnovationfellows.org/169-students-named-university-innovation-fellows/