Adrien Feudjio, a junior electrical engineering major at Morgan, has been named a University Innovation Fellow. After completing a rigorous 6-week training program and meeting with fellow candidates in Silicon Valley, he is ready to work with fellow Morgan students to increase campus engagement with entrepreneurship, innovation, creativity, design thinking, and venture creation. Last year, another Morgan student, Jaime Arribas Starkey-El, also an engineering major at MSU, was named a University Innovation Fellow.
Adrien is one of 123 new Fellows from 52 U.S. higher education institutions this year who were named University Innovation Fellows by the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter). The program, run by VentureWell and Stanford University with financial support from the National Science Foundation, is designed to empower students and help them to become agents of change at their schools. Students are trained to become leaders and are encouraged to expand innovation and entrepreneurship offerings on their campuses with an eye toward achieving lasting cultural and institutional change.
Individual Fellows as well as teams of Fellows are sponsored by faculty and administrators at their schools and selected through an application process twice annually. At Morgan, Adrien Feudjio’s sponsor is Professor Mary Foster, the Earl G. Graves School of Business and Management.
“Our program provides a platform for Fellows to learn to be strategic thinkers, examine the landscape of learning opportunities at their schools, and formulate action plans to implement their ideas,” said Leticia Britos Cavagnaro, co-leader of the Fellows program and Deputy Director of Epicenter. “Fellows develop a community and share strategies about what’s working at their schools. Ultimately, these students, with their drive and motivation, are leading accelerated change in higher education.”
Hear Adrien’s ideas for institutional change at Morgan by visiting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkbGKTnYlhM