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Four Rensselaer Students Named University Innovation Fellows

Four Rensselaer Students Named University Innovation Fellows



By Regina Stracqualursi

December 12, 2019

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute students Justin Hubbard ’22, Mark Muscara ’22, Ronak Patel ’22, and Emmanuel Sylvester ’21 have been named University Innovation Fellows by the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University. They are four of 360 students selected for the program from 13 countries and 90 higher education institutions.


As part of the program, these students will work to create new opportunities that ensure their peers gain the skills, attitude, and knowledge needed to address complex global issues. The program has trained nearly 2,200 students since its creation in 2014.


The students were nominated for the program by the Paul J. ’69 and Kathleen M. Severino Center for Technological Entrepreneurship at Rensselaer, a center of excellence located in the Lally School of Management. “We are honored to sponsor these students as they work to create new opportunities for the Rensselaer community to engage with entrepreneurship and innovation,” said Kelly Reardon-Sleicher, associate program director at the Severino Center. “We look forward to seeing all that they accomplish in the semesters to come.”


The students participated in a six-week training session to identify opportunities that would encourage all students to engage with entrepreneurship and innovation during their time at Rensselaer.


“University Innovation Fellows has a long history of making incredible and inspiring changes on campus, such as the role it played in the creation of the Forge, and I am honored to be part of this group of changemakers,” said Muscara, a computer science major at Rensselaer.




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