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.
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