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Three Students Named University Innovation Fellows

Florida Tech undergraduate students Malia Ashmead, Lara Eremita, and Maria Sagastume have joined the University Innovation Fellows, a global program run by Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design that empowers student leaders to increase campus engagement with innovation, entrepreneurship, creativity and design thinking. They are among 224 students from 58 universities around the world as part of this cohort.

Ashmead is studying biomedical engineering with a minor in business management. Eremita is studying civil engineering. And Sagastume is studying biomedical engineering and STEM education.

Fellows work to ensure that their peers gain the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to compete in the economy of the future and make a positive impact on the world. To accomplish this, Fellows advocate for institutional change and design innovation spaces, start entrepreneurship organizations, host experiential learning events and work with faculty to develop new courses.

Among their objectives, Ashmead, Eremita and Sagastume hope to create awareness about existing facilities for innovation and entrepreneurship and to start a student council to help strengthen the connection between engineering and business.

In March, the students will have the opportunity to participate in the Silicon Valley Meetup, which brings together all Innovation Fellows trained in fall 2016 and spring 2017. During this gathering, Fellows will take part in immersive experiences at Stanford’s design institute, Google, Microsoft and other Silicon Valley organizations. They will participate in experiential workshops and exercises focused on topics including movement building, innovation spaces, design of learning experiences, and new models for change in higher education.

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