Five Morgan State University students were among 150 distinguished students from more than 50 institutions nationwide to be named University Innovation Fellows by the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation or Epicenter.

The program grooms its designees to be change-makers in their schools, according to its website. During rigorous six-week training, participants learn different tools, program models and more so they can in turn create opportunities for their peers to be inspired and gain the knowledge and skills to become global problem-solvers, innovators and entrepreneurs.

Fellows host events, design innovation hubs, start entrepreneurships organizations and even work with faculty to develop new courses as part of their mission, according to Epicenter’s website.


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“We’ve trained more than 450 students at 130 institutions in the last four years,” according to Humera Fasihuddin, co-leader of the University Innovation Fellows program, in a statement. “Faculty and administrators are funding a consistent supply of students to go through the program because they can count on Fellows to make a big impact. Fellows understand the big picture and use their resourcefulness, creativity and national network to make measurable gains on campus, both in the number of resources and the students served by the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem.”

Morgan’s 2015 Innovation Fellows are: sophomores Mareco Edwards II (accounting) and Iyanna Patterson (business administration); and juniors Ravin Jajistar (electrical and computer engineering), Abdoul Mohammed (transportation systems engineering) and Michael Shiferaw (electrical and computer engineering). The recent cohort brings to seven the number of Morgan students to be so distinguished.

“According to students who have become Fellows, this is a transformative experience,” said Mary K. Foster, an assistant professor in Morgan’s Earl G. Graves School of Business and Management, who serves as the group’s faculty sponsor.  “Being able to meet students from other campuses across the country and to learn state-of-the-art innovation skills changes their thinking and opens doors to possibilities they had never considered.”
To learn more about Morgan’s involvement in the program and the students’ strategic priorities, visit: