WILTON, Conn. -- Christopher LoGiurato, of Wilton and a University of Scranton student, was among just 123 students from 52 higher education institutions in the nation named as University Innovation Fellows by the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation.
The prestigious program is run by Epicenter, which is funded by the National Science Foundation and directed by Stanford University and VentureWell (formerly NCIIA). Individual Fellows are sponsored by faculty and administrators at their schools and selected twice annually through an application process.
Michael Mensah, Ph.D., dean of the Kania School of Management, and Alan Brumagim, Ph.D., entrepreneurship program director and associate professor in the University's Marketing, Management and Entrepreneurship Department, sponsored LoGiurato.
Following acceptance into the program, the Fellows completed six weeks of online training and participated in the University Innovation Fellows Annual Meetup in the Silicon Valley, where they took part in immersive experiences at Google and Stanford University.
The Meetup included experiential workshops and exercises focused on topics such as student innovation spaces, design of learning experiences and new models of change in higher education. Throughout the year, the Fellows also take part in events and conferences across the country and have opportunities to learn from one another, Epicenter mentors and leaders in academia and industry.
The fellows are a part of a national community of students in engineering and related fields who work to ensure that their peers gain the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to compete in the economy of the future.
"In today's economy, it is imperative for all students to acquire an entrepreneurial mindset," said Humera Fasihuddin, co-leader of the University Innovation Fellows program for Epicenter. "College graduates need to enter the workforce skilled in assessing complex problems, conceiving innovative solutions and developing scalable solutions, whether they join a company or non-profit organization or start a new venture."
A member of Scranton University's class of 2016, LoGiurato is majoring in business administration and entrepreneurship. He is founder, president and CEO of Wayne House Designs, a student club of the University's Kania School of Management through which student entrepreneurs develop products and run their own business. A Dean's List student, LoGiurato is a member of the Entrepreneurship Mentor Team, the Business Club and the Mountain Sports Club. He also serves as president of the Entrepreneurship Club.