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Friday, March 22 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
The Making of a Movement: Secret agents of change (aka Student Ambassadors) leading national E&I movement

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Students innovators are eager for entrepreneurship and innovation (E&I) to be a part of their educational experience. The recently released infographic by YoungEntrepreneur.com articulates this well: early-adopter student innovators are taking a leadership role and would greatly benefit from access to national models, benchmarks, network, guidance, inspiration and other resources.

That’s why we are supporting a national movement led by students. The Student Ambassadors Program, a joint venture of NCIIA and Stanford, as part of the Epicenter, provides training and access to resources that help student leaders become evangelists to their peers and campus administration. Student Ambassadors are helping other students realize, in STEM and other disciplines, that engagement in innovation activity can lead to positive social and environmental change. Student Ambassadors are also liaising with campus officials on policy and institutional change, advocating for a more entrepreneurial climate for students. Empowering student leaders with training, a network of like-minded peers, a work plan and ongoing oversight gives Student Ambassadors the tools they need to lead an effective movement.

Tom Byers, moderator of the session, will set the stage and provide an overview of the Epicenter's efforts, followed by a spotlight on two specific campuses exemplifying the student-led movement, Penn State and Johns Hopkins. Three stakeholders--the Student Ambassadors, their Faculty Advisors and a Student-led Venture on that campus--will offer perspectives on the good, the bad and the ugly from their unique vantage points.

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Tom Byers

Tom Byers is an endowed professor of entrepreneurship at Stanford University's School of Engineering where he focuses on technology and high-growth entrepreneurship education. He is founder and a faculty co-director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP) and a co-PI for... Read More →

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Soumyadipta Acharya

Dr. Soumyadipta Acharya is an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.  He also serves as the Graduate Program Director of the Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design in the Whiting School... Read More →
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Liz Kisenwether

Asst. Prof. - Engineering Design / Co-Director: Lion Launch Pad, Penn State University
Co-Director, Lion Launch Pad - Center for Penn State Student Entrepreneurship,  2009-presentAsst. Professor, School of Engineering Design, 2002-presentDirector, Engineering Entrepreneurship (E-SHIP) Minor  The Pennsylvania State University, 2002-2010President and Founder, KidTech... Read More →
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Nishant Ganesh Kumar

Student at Johns Hopkins University
As a senior Biomedical Engineering student at Johns Hopkins University, Nishant Ganesh Kumar has been actively involved in biotech innovation since his freshman year. His current biotech project involves redesigning the punch biopsy procedure to make it safer and more efficient at... Read More →
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John Oliver

Student at Penn State University
John Oliver is currently a senior at Penn State University, studying in Energy, Business and Finance with a minor in Engineering Entrepreneurship. He is a Student Ambassador, working with NCIIA and Epicenter to expand the level of Innovation and Entrepreneurship activities at Penn... Read More →
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Arianna De Reus

Undergraduate Student at The Pennsylvania State University
Arianna De Reus is a sophomore majoring in Community, Environment and Development in the college of Agricultural Sciences with and international focus. Arianna grew up volunteering on service-learning trips in the Dominican Republic, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo and... Read More →

Friday March 22, 2013 11:00am - 12:30pm EDT
Mount Vernon Square B

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