Mechanical Engineering Sophomore Named University Innovation Fellow

Congratulations to Madeline Horinek. The sophomore mechanical engineering student recently was named a University Innovation Fellow by Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design. The fellows program empowers student leaders to increase campus engagement with innovation, entrepreneurship, creativity and design thinking.

Ilya Avdeev, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Co-Director, NSF I-Corps Site/Student Startup Challenge, is Horinek’s sponsor and on-campus mentor. “Madeline is our fourteenth UI fellow at UWM,” he says. “She is focused on broadening the maker culture on campus and developing new pathways for students to tinker with their ideas.”

Horinek decided to pursue the UIF program after Avdeev explained the opportunity her freshmen year. “I enjoy being in the makerspace on campus, and learning about and using design thinking to problem solve,” she says. “I want to give other students—not just engineering students—the same opportunity.”

In all, 258 students from 64 higher education institutions in nine countries were named University Innovation Fellows this year. The program has trained more than 1,500 students to date and states that fellows are creating student innovation spaces, founding entrepreneurship organizations, hosting experiential events, and working with faculty and administrators to develop courses.