Four Clemson University engineering students have been named University Innovation Fellows by the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation.

Clemson's University Innovation Fellows are (from left to right) Alex Bina, Kaitlyn Hackathorn, Bailey-Jean Walker and Jessica Zahn.

Clemson’s University Innovation Fellows are (from left to right) Alex Bina, Jessica Zahn, Bailey-Jean Walker and  Kaitlyn Hackathorn.

The fellows are: Alex Bina, a bioengineering Ph.D. student from Overland Park, Kansas; Kaitlyn Hackathorn, a senior bioengineering major from Mount Pleasant; Bailey-Jean Walker, a senior bioengineering major from Summerville; and Jessica Zahn, a sophomore chemical engineering major from Fort Mill.

As part of the program, “fellows advocate for lasting institutional change and create opportunities for students to engage with innovation, entrepreneurship, design thinking and creativity at their schools,” according to the center, which also goes by Epicenter.

“Fellows design innovation spaces, start entrepreneurship organizations, host experiential learning events and work with faculty to develop new courses.”

The program is run by Epicenter, which is funded by the National Science Foundation and directed by Stanford University and VentureWell. Epicenter said 155 students from 47 higher-education institutions have been named University Innovation Fellows.