National Science Foundation Names Four New Fellows From CAU

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On February 24 the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter), a program of the National Science Foundation, named four new University Innovation Fellows from Clark Atlanta University’s School of Business. The students are Ariel Rogers, Damon Willis, Aaron Chambers and Tiffany Mitchell.

The University Innovation Fellows program is funded by the National Science Foundation and directed by Stanford University and Venture Well. They choose 291 Fellows from 114 schools across the United States. A press release from CAU describes the role of the Fellows:

“The Fellows comprise a national community of scholars in engineering and related fields working to ensure that their peers gain the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to compete in the economy of the future.  To accomplish this, Fellows advocate for lasting institutional change and create opportunities for students to engage with entrepreneurship, innovation, creativity, design thinking and venture creation at their schools.”

The new Fellows attended an annual meeting in Silicon Valley at the end of February. At the event, Fellows participated in a number of workshops and exercises. They focused on topics like new models of change in higher education, design of learning experiences, movement building and student innovation spaces. They also had an opportunity to engage and network with leaders from Google, Stanford University, Google for Entrepreneurs and Citrix.

Follows are selected through a biannual application process. Individual as well as team applicants are sponsored by faculty and administrators at their school. They are then funded, by the school, for six weeks of online training and travel to the University Innovation Fellows Annual Meetup in Silicon Valley.


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