Ohio University students learn the skills to bring innovative ideas to life through the University Innovation Fellowship.
The University Innovation Fellows program is run through Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design. The goal of the national program is to ensure that students gain the attitudes, skills and knowledge to contribute to the economy.
Ohio University’s 2020 Cohort of University Innovation Fellows are Melissa Damico, Ishan Matta and Laura Ndoigo. The goal of this year’s student cohort is to implement improvements to the online learning environment for all levels of ability and access. The students conducted an institution-wide survey regarding innovation opportunities and spoke with many students and faculty.
Ndoigo, a junior studying mechanical engineering, was motivated to apply to the program for the opportunity to create positive influence within the Ohio University community. She applied for the fellowship during the Spring 2020 semester and underwent an extensive interview process that teaches prospective fellows professional speaking and communication skills.
“The program helps you understand the process of coming up with ideas and finding solutions, people that you need to talk to, and looking at how to make it happen. We utilize prototyping and the systems needed in order to actualize it,” Ndoigo explained, adding that “I hope to make a lasting impact of change.”