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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. …

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 entrepreneurship 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). University Innovation Fellows call on engineering students and their peers to dream, design and deliver innovations that solve real-world problems.

Learn more at the University Innovation Fellows website:

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  • Slide 1: EPICENTER: Student Engagement At LargeUIF: Engage directly with students as change agents working at the grassroots level with peers to identify opportunities for E&I in the engineering ecosystem and address those opportunities
  • IEECI (find grant number: ). NSF-funded study conducted by NCIIA and collaborators at Purdue. N=500.
  • Many competing priorities facing Engineering Departments, butEngineering student have a demand for training in creativity, venture skills, and entrepreneurial mindset.Entrepreneurially-thinking students in a culture of active engagement has the power to address many of the priorities on the list.
  • The University Innovation Fellows Program is a replicable, scalable model for engaging students in E&I that produce opportunities that go beyond what’s currently available at their institutions.Students as part of the solution: University Innovation Fellows NETWORK, PEER SUPPORTED ENVIRONMENT FOR DRIVING CAMPUS CHANGEEngage students in real-time to implement strategies.Organizing the demand side. Train change agents with knowledge, leadership skills and network to address strategic ecosystem gaps with volunteer teams. High level view of the range of impacts: from holding a 1,000 person TEDx, to teaching arduino and raspberry Pi workshops, to building out a maker space.Students conduct and share landscape assessment and develop a workplan based on their passion and the level of support for it-Students take ownership over gaps and address them with solutions – with an eye towards lasting institutional impact - like you will hear in a moment…
  • How we do it:Arch of their activities; training and engagement.FOCUS on:One-on-onePeer-to-peerOpen Conference
  • How do you measure a movement? We measure it by looking at engagement that can be characterized in five ways:1)Perceived: Introducing I&E to students2) Potential: Get involved in deeper way3) Applied: applying knowledge to challenge/problem4) Realized: students form design teams, license a technology, venture teams, startups, and/or companies.5) Reflexive/Reflective: when one pivots further, changing project (3-10 years out) or adapting an innovation in the marketplace.
  • Where are University Innovation Fellows (includes those trained through Spring 2013)?
  • HF takeaways of Sean:1) Understanding dynamics of a vibrant ecosystem. Understanding engagement. Creating linkages with industry.2) Betaversity: Student identified need. Potential for lasting, sustainable for-profit venture out of this grant.
  • Highlight Institutional LinkHighlight importance of nurturing co-curricular design teams and design activity
  • Students began working on projectsClasses begin being held in the space
  • Focus onInstitutional Link: Those UI Fellows who have had great success are the ones supported by their institutionTraining Resources: Models, stories, how-to’s. So students hit the ground running and don’t have to reinvent the wheel
  • Focus on Wiki: documenting innovation ecosystems and making data on what works OPENImpact of scale: How will we maintain quality as we grow the network to 200 students, how do we provide the one-on-one and rich interaction?
  • Last slideIn Conclusion: Don's questions for us to consider rephrased and answered with a student lens…For student programs, what is the end result? What is the end change on the campus level?What is the key thing missing today in engineering education? Culture and expectation of student engagement. Activation of latent, creative solution providers.Betaversity ex of Tool and resource with ongoing sustainable and scaleable impact.Value creation in a way that is defined by students at the grassroots, disseminated to the network in real time, development of a tangible resource.


  • 1. Project start date: Fall 2011 Grant number DUE-1125457 Reverse Site Visit National Science Foundation September 9, 2013 Student Engagement
  • 2. Student Engagement Strategy: Laying the foundation for a movement Student Focused • Massive Open Online Courses, Modules and other Web-based Content 2 Institution Focused • University Innovation Fellows • UI Fellow Networks “Student Communities”
  • 3. Engineering students want more entrepreneurship education than they get 3
  • 4. 18 13 19 23 28 60 69 26 27 27 28 35 78 82 0 20 40 60 80 100 Students are taught entrepreneurial skills Students are encouraged to take entrepreneurship courses Faculty discuss entrepreneurship Entrepreneurship is presented as a worthwhile career option Students are encouraged to develop entrepreneurial skills I would like to learn about entrepreneurship in my engineering courses Entrepreneurship education can broaden my career prospects and choices % agreement with statement * * * * Students’ Attitudes about Entrepreneurship Education Sample: 501 engineering students enrolled in senior-level capstone design courses at three large public universities with established entrepreneurship programs. Data source: Duval-Couetil, N., T. Reed-Rhoads, & Haghighi, S. (2011). Engineering Students and Entrepreneurship Education: Involvement, Attitudes and Outcomes,International Journal of Engineering Education, in press. NO ENTREP COURSES ENTREP COURSES Aspirations and perceived impact Offerings and opportunities 4
  • 5. Prioritizing Innovation via Many Challenges Facing Academia 5
  • 6. Activating Students For Rapid Impact Focus students on the task of enhancing the Innovation Ecosystem with the goal of creating lasting institutional impact. 6 Pictured Above: UI Fellows at Stanford E-Week February 2013
  • 7. Grooming Students for Leadership Intensive training 33 students trained. 3 trainings in FY’13; 2 online. 7 Coaching / Peer Network One-on-one coaching Monthly WebEx Peer-to-peer collaborations Convenings Stanford E-Week OPEN Conference „Feel part of a National Movement‟
  • 8. Students Deploy Diverse Strategies Over 9,000 US students reached by 25 UI Fellows Epicenter: Student Ambassador Program Evaluation – Spring ’13, Page 6 SageFox Consulting Group 8
  • 9. National Network, Breadth of Institutions 9 Berkeley | Bucknell | Central Florida | Cooper Union | Duke | Eastern Kentucky Florida International | Johns Hopkins | Lehigh | Mercer | MIT | NC State | Ohio State Penn State | Pitt | Purdue | RIT | Rose-Hulman | Southern Illinois | Stanford | Tufts U Michigan | UC Davis | UCSD | University of Colorado | University of Georgia UT Austin | UT Southwestern | VCU | Wake Forest Washington St. Louis | Washington State
  • 10. Sean Maroni North Carolina State University Rising Senior, Undergraduate Engineering 10
  • 11. NC State Startup Ecosystem Sean Newman Maroni VP Engineering, BetaVersity Mech. Engineering 2014
  • 12. 1.Start Something New. 2.Give It To The Community. 3.Repeat.
  • 13. Thank You! Sean Newman Maroni
  • 14. Betaversity Fellows form startup at OPEN 2013. Recent E-Team Grantee. 20
  • 15. Jared Karp University of California Berkeley Rising Senior, Undergraduate Engineering 21
  • 17. CALL TO ACTION Tina Seelig Executive Director Stanford Technology Ventures Program Dennis Boyle, Partner
  • 24. LANDING THE BIG ONE $20MM Award: Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation
  • 27. Lessons Learned • Recruitment • Institutional Link • Training Resources • One-to-one • Volunteer Team • Evidence of strong national movement 33 Sources of data: Focus Groups, monthly surveys, SageFox evaluation report. 37% felt they‟d increased opportunities for students 37% felt they‟d initiated significant dialogue about the E&I landscape Question 15 Page 26, SageFox Report
  • 28. Next Steps 2014 - 2016 • 2014: 60 Campuses • Partnerships: Roosevelt Institute, Design for America, Startup Weekend • Tools: Blog and Wiki 34 BLOG: WIKI: Question 13, Page 25, SageFox Report
  • 29. Thank you! 35
  • 30. Appendix “I had a fantastic experience at the [University Innovation Fellow] training. I felt proud to be among such talented and driven students, and was motivated by their desire to promote entrepreneurship as well as by the guidance of Humera, James, and Leticia.” 36