UTDesignLabMiriam Iliohan leads global higher education event at Stanford

Miriam Iliohan leads global higher education event at Stanford

In 2020, Miriam Iliohan and together with three other faculty members of Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (d.school) created the Faculty Innovation Fellows program. In this two-year program, educators from across the globe work to design unique projects that enhance the innovation ecosystems at their schools and help students gain vital real-world skills and mindsets. In addition to Miriam's role as a founding member of the program, she is also a coach and mentor for program candidates, beginning with the first cohort in Fall 2020. 

During the University Innovation Fellows (UIF) program’s March 2022 Silicon Valley Meetup, the members of this first cohort were named official Faculty Innovation Fellows, thanks to Miriam's guidance and leadership. She helped to create and facilitate a full-day event for these new faculty Fellows as part of the summit. They shared their projects with one another as well as members of the extended community, including university presidents. The work with the Faculty Innovation Fellows program didn’t end there; Miriam is currently coaching international members of the second and third cohorts together with colleagues Nick Swayne, Ilya Avdeev and Mary Raber.

About Miriam Iliohan

Miriam is co-founder and Managing Director at DesignLab of the University of Twente in the Netherlands. Her broad (international) network, experience, knowledge and enthusiasm in setting-up experimental ecosystems has brought Miriam many other roles. Within the University of Twente she is part of the advisory committee for student teams, member of the steering committee for the (social) Entrepreneurial challenge, speaker and moderator at high-level international events/converstations. In addition, she is Founding Fellow & Coach for the Faculty Innovation Fellows at the Hasso Plattner Institute for Design at Stanford University and Mentor for the University Innovation Fellows program. 
Sharing her experiences, she gives her network the opportunity to gain insights into investigating new ways of working, collaborating, teaching, learning and conducting research. In addition by using challenges from partners, she brings viewpoints from (international) scientists, entrepreneurs, students, citizens and government officials together to co-create the futures we want to live in.

About the University Innovations Fellows program

The University Innovation Fellows program empowers students to become agents of change at their schools. The Fellows are a global community of young leaders working to ensure that all students gain the necessary attitudes, skills and knowledge required to compete in the economy of the future. Fellows create new opportunities that help their peers develop an entrepreneurial mindset, build creative confidence, seize opportunities, define problems, and address global challenges. They are creating student innovation spaces, founding entrepreneurship organizations, hosting experiential events, and working with faculty and administrators to develop courses. They serve as advocates for lasting institutional change with academic leaders and represent their schools at national events. The University Innovation Fellows is a program of Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (d.school).

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