Four Menlo College Students Named University Innovation Fellows by Stanford Program

(Atherton, California/November 18, 2019) The University Innovation Fellows program empowers students to become agents of change at their schools. These student leaders are encouraged to increase campus engagement with innovation, entrepreneurship, creativity and design thinking. Fellows create student innovation spaces, start entrepreneurship organizations, facilitate experiential workshops, work with faculty and administrators to develop new courses, and much more. They serve as advocates for lasting institutional change with academic leaders, lending the much-needed student voice to the conversations about the future of higher education. The program is run by Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design ( With the addition of this year’s new Fellows, the program has trained nearly 2,200 students.

Menlo College’s third cohort of fellows is represented by Bianca Barros ‘21, Christopher Overkämping ’21, George Hofstetter ’22 and  Rufus Pappy ‘22. The group has narrowed its priorities for the year to be centered around: enhancing the engagement of off-campus resources, creating more hands-on experiences for students, integrating more interdisciplinary business/socially-relevant general education courses and encouraging a more technologically literate community on campus.

“Higher education needs to change faster to meet the needs of students and industry today,” said Humera Fasihuddin, co-director of the University Innovation Fellows program. “In traditional education systems, students have to wait until they graduate to make a difference. We don’t believe that. As the key stakeholders of higher education, students should be active participants in a change process that helps them learn the skills and mindsets necessary to create the future. The students who participate in our program are ideally poised to help accelerate the pace of change at their schools.”