Fellows are students who want to make a difference on their campus and in the world. The UIF program at Michigan Tech is a one year program in which students apply the design thinking method to address a campus challenge that they choose. Through their hands-on, human-centered design experience, UIF students learn how to lead team innovation. The University Innovation Fellows program of Stanford University Hassos Plattner Institute of Design (d.school).
Fellows at Michigan Tech
- David Shull
- Brad Turner
- Magann Dykema
- Josh Krugh
- Arsh Sahu
- Michelle Hoard
- Carly Joseph
- Nichole Mackey
- Nathan Peterson
- Rachel Kolb
- Kyle Ludwig
- Adam Weber
- Josh Jay
- Robert Lambert
- Cara Hardin
- Cameron Philo
- Lexi Steve
- Gi West
- Lindsay Sandell
- Abigail Kuehne
- Sam Raber
- Gary Tropp
The Alley Makerspace
The creation of the Alley Makerspace was led by Brad Turner as a UIF initiative at Michigan Tech. A design sprint was held, and Michigan Tech community members were invited to help create a vision for the space. With the input in mind, the space opened October 25, 2016 in the old bowling alley in the basement of the Memorial Union Building with the idea that it is a prototype in itself; it is always adapting to fit the needs of the makers in the space. It exists to create an environment where everyone in the Michigan Tech community is encouraged and supported to make by providing a welcoming space, learning opportunities, a maker network, and resources. The space is open and free to use to all students, faculty, and staff at Michigan Tech. Tools and equipment are available to use for 3D printing, woodworking, electronics, crafting, sewing, and more through donations and sponsorships the space has received.
For the most up to date information on the space, check out the Makerspace website.
#uifresh (University Innovation Freshmen) started in 2015 as a national initiative for the UIF program. At Michigan Tech, the initiative was led by Fellows from Fall 2014 and Fall 2015 (Magann Dykema, Josh Krugh, and Brad Turner). The mission is to introduce first year student to innovation, design thinking, creativity, and the entrepreneurial mindset the second they get to campus. While introducing the students to the resources available to them, we may spark further interest for their college career.
For more information, check out this article.
Interested in learning more? Reach out to one of the active Fellows on campus.
Innovation Week was created 2 years ago by Fellows from the Fall 2016 cohort (Rachel Kolb, Kyle Ludwig, and Adam Weber) to spread the word about innovation and entrepreneurship to the student body. Throughout the week, students at Michigan Tech can learn about innovation, entrepreneurship, and design thinking by attending workshops, attending presentations from guest speakers, participating in competitions, and various other activities. Be on the lookout every year for this week that you will not want to miss!
Interested in participating next year or just want to learn more? Reach out to one of the active Fellows on campus.
Design Thinking Workshops
Fellows at Michigan Tech work to share the methodology of Design Thinking with the
Michigan Tech community in the spirit of innovation. They have done workshops with
many audiences on campus including departments, classes, and student organizations.
Design Thinking is a problem solving method that focuses on the user’s needs, challenging
assumptions, and redefining problems by utilizing methods such as empathy and testing.
Interested in learning more about Design Thinking? Reach out to one of the active Fellows on campus or Mary Raber (firstname.lastname@example.org).