Jasmine Perez and Erin Winick have just completed training to become University Innovation Fellows with the National Science Foundation-funded Epicenter. The national fellows program empowers student leaders to increase campus engagement with innovation, entrepreneurship, creativity and design thinking.
Jasmine and Erin are supported by faculty sponsor David Whitney and by the Engineering Innovation Fellows fund. (Contribute here.) Throughout the year, they will take part in events and conferences across the country and have opportunities to learn from one another, Epicenter mentors, and leaders in academia and industry. Part of the plan they submitted in their initial application details bringing the popular Maker Faire to the UF campus and strengthening connections between engineering and business students.
“Fellows understand the big picture and use their resourcefulness, creativity and national network to make measurable gains on campus, both in the number of resources and the students served by the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem,” said Humera Fasihuddin, co-leader of the University Innovation Fellows program.
Epicenter is funded by the National Science Foundation and directed by Stanford University and VentureWell. Read more about it here: http://bit.ly/UIF-fall-2015