Przestrzelski named University Innovation Fellow
Breanne Przestrzelski, a graduate student in bioengineering, has just completed training to join the University Innovation Fellows, a national program that empowers engineering student leaders to foster increased entrepreneurial activity on their campuses. Part of her training involved contributing to a new online platform, universityinnovation.org, that allows students across the country to share information about entrepreneurship activities at their schools.
The program is run by the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter), which is funded by the National Science Foundation as a partnership between Stanford University and the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA).
Breanne is no stranger to innovation. She was the leader of a bioengineering senior design team that won the annual National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) BMEStart undergraduate design competition. Their project was called AssureFit, a novel chest tube anchoring device.
She is currently a teaching assistant with a senior capstone design class, and is a co-director of a Clemson-sponsored collaborative high school design program. Przestrzelski is working hard to extend the opportunity for innovation and entrepreneurship to undergraduates so that they can make informed decisions about majors and career options.