The University Innovation Fellows are part of a national movement to ensure that students gain the necessary attitudes, skills and knowledge required for them to compete in the economy of the future. These student leaders from schools around the country work with their peers to catalyze even greater levels of innovation and venture activity on their campuses.
The program is run by the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter), funded by the National Science Foundation as a partnership between Stanford University and the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA). We call on students and their peers to dream, design and deliver innovations that solve real-world problems.
Our 60 students from 56 schools are mostly undergraduate engineering majors. As interdisciplinary collaboration is vital, we also have several graduate students as well as undergraduates majoring in biotechnology, biochemistry, business, entrepreneurship and child psychology.
Since 2012, the students have hosted 124 events and activities, reaching 9,000 students and faculty. These students are bringing change where it’s needed the most — founding clubs, hosting speakers, creating spaces for innovation, collaborating on new classes, and organizing competitions. Learn why students are becoming University Innovation Fellows.
HOW TO BECOME A FELLOW
Learn why students are becoming University Innovation Fellows. Interested students should apply by February 10, 2014 to attend the Spring Training.
TRAINING AND SUPPORT
We train students to conduct in-depth analyses of their campus ecosystems; provide them with tools, resources and year-round mentorship; and connect them with one another digitally and at conferences and events. Having a national network of like-minded students helps our ambassadors learn from one another and create multi-institution collaborations.
Hosting a University Innovation Fellow at your campus will allow you and your administration to view your innovative and entrepreneurial ecosystem from the student level. A strong connection between motivated students and faculty is a vital step in driving the change that students want and need. If you are a faculty or staff member interested in nominating a student, learn more here.
Humera Fasihuddin, Chief Dreamer (aka Senior Program Officer, University Innovation Fellows @NCIIA)
Humera manages the University Innovation Fellows Program, a key initiative of the Epicenter and a joint-venture between Stanford University and the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance. In it, she trains students to create lasting institutional impact that enhances the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem on campus. While at NCIIA she led the creation of numerous program including the organization’s first foray in advanced venture training workshops, which today account for over half of the 501c(3)’s income.
Prior to NCIIA, Humera created innovation networks between industry and the University of Massachusetts Amherst under an NSF Partnership for Innovation grant. Humera began her career at the publicly-traded UK firm Rexam, serving as product manager in their precision coated materials subsidiary. Humera holds an M.B.A. from UMass Amherst and a B.S. from Smith College. For a comprehensive background, visit her LinkedIn profile.