Since its launch in 2013, UWM has been part of the University Innovation Fellows (UI Fellows) program, a nationwide program run by Stanford University where students train with colleagues from across the country to become change agents for innovation and entrepreneurship on their campuses.


Student Change Agents

UWM’s University Innovation (UI) Fellows gives students a chance to share experiences, challenges, and best practices for implementing changes on their campuses through a national program. UWM’s UI Fellows have emerged as national leaders in this program. Participants have worked with UWM Student Startup Challenge teams, visited local innovation spaces (Red Arrow Labs, Rockwell Automation and the Milwaukee Art Museum), and worked on a design challenge around innovation spaces for the UWM Girls Who Code program.


With support from We Energies, UI Fellows reconstructed and rebranded the Kulwicki Garage, an innovation space in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.  The space is now a key meeting place for student entrepreneurs and working environment for delivery of pop-up classes and mentoring sessions.  UI Fellows have also become teachers – leading student-led pop-up classes on topics that include managing your personal brand, design thinking, business ethics, and designing innovation spaces.


University Innovation Fellows

profile photoAvdeev, IlyaAssociate Professor / Director of InnovationMechanical Engineering / Lubar Entrepreneurship Center(414) 229-6949avdeev@uwm.eduEng & Math Sciences 975

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering 
Director of Innovation,
Core Team, Milwaukee I-Corps™

profile photoDoxon, AlyciaChief Operating

Chief Operating Officer, FrontDesk
B.B.A., Business, UWM '17

profile photoFrancis, Alex

Senior Engineer, Rexnord
B.E., M.E., Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, UWM '17

profile photoGallagher,

University Innovation Fellow, UWM

profile photoGallegos, David

M.S., Health Sciences, UWM '14

profile photoGanji, Hoda

Project Assistant, ESCA TECH, Inc.
Ph.D., Architecture, UWM '17

profile photoHorinek, MJ (Madeline)Innovation InternUWM Lubar Entrepreneurship Centermhorinek@uwm.eduLubar Entrepreneurship Center

University Innovation Fellow, UWM
Innovation Intern, LEC

profile photoHosseini, Tahreh

Process Development Scientist, Alta Devices
Ph.D., Architecture, UWM '18

profile photoJalalianhosseini, Mahshid

Ph.D., Architecture, UWM '17

profile photoJean-Pierre, Gary

Engineering Research Assistant, UWM
Ph.D., Engineering, UWM '18

profile photoLee, Tou Jim

B.S., Marketing, UWM (Senior)
Global Marketing Intern, ManpowerGroup

profile photoMarks,

University Innovation Fellow, UWM

profile photoMojtahedi, Amin

Design Researcher, HGA Architects & Engineers
Ph.D., Architecture, UWM '18

profile photoPowley, NicoleProgram CoordinatorLubar Entrepreneurship Center(414) 906-4684nicole@uwmrf.orgLubar Entrepreneurship Center 203

Program Manager, LEC

profile photoReeves, Carlton

Forward Deployed Solutions Leader, C3 lot
Graduate Fellow, University Innovation Fellows
Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, UWM '13

profile photoRogers, GraceInnovation Intern, UIFLubar Entrepreneurship Center(262)343-5287glrogers@uwm.eduLubar Entrepreneurship Center

University Innovation Fellow, UWM

Innovation Intern, LEC

profile photoSalamon, Rob

Senior Engineer, R & M Oshkosh
B.E., Mechanical Engineering, UWM '14