A Muskogee woman is one of four University of Oklahoma College of Engineering students who were named University Innovation Fellows by the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter), a media release states.
The national program empowers student leaders to increase campus engagement with entrepreneurship, innovation, creativity, design thinking and venture creation.
Computer science student Alexandra Hamon of Muskogee wants to unite students across OU’s different colleges by fostering a science, technology, engineering and math community.
“By breaking down barriers, OU can put a spotlight on the vast array of opportunities already available, and pave the way for more students to discover their passion for innovation and entrepreneurship,” Hamon said.
The engineering student proposed creating a STEM Community Council composed of student and faculty delegates as well as a newsletter.
“In today’s economy, it is imperative for all students to acquire an entrepreneurial mindset,” said Tom Landers, College of Engineering dean. “These four students are excellent examples of how our students consistently step up to solve problems within and beyond the college with innovative and scalable solutions.” Part of the application process for Epicenter was to identify and recommend strategies to address a campus problem.
This new cohort of Fellows brings the total number to 291 from 114 schools. The program is run by Epicenter, which is funded by the National Science Foundation and directed by Stanford University and VentureWell (formerly NCIIA).
Individual Fellows, as well as teams of Fellows, are sponsored by faculty and administrators at their schools and selected through an application process twice per year. Schools fund the students to go through six weeks of online training and travel to the University Innovation Fellows Annual Meetup in Silicon Valley. Throughout the year, they take part in events and conferences.