University of Portland students Alec Kauffman (civil engineering, computer science, entrepreneurship & innovation management), Jean Paul Mugisha (electrical engineering), Jeremy Revlock (business), and Elizabeth Rowe (mechanical engineering) have completed training to join the University Innovation Fellows, a global program that empowers student leaders to increase campus engagement with innovation, entrepreneurship, creativity, and design thinking. They join 224 students from 58 higher education institutions in seven countries who have been named University Innovation Fellows. The program is run by Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (d.school). With the addition of the new Fellows, the program has trained 1,000 students at 185 schools since its creation.
Fellows are sponsored by faculty and administrators as individuals or teams of students, and selected through an application process twice annually. Following acceptance into the program, schools fund the students to go through six weeks of online training and travel to the annual University Innovation Fellows Silicon Valley Meetup. Throughout the year, they take part in events and conferences and have opportunities to learn from one another, Stanford mentors, and leaders in academia and industry.