COE Student Named University Innovation Fellow by NSF-Funded Epicenter

Abbey Buckenheimer ’16 ME Villanova University Engineering student Abbey Buckenheimer ’16 ME is one of 66 students across the country to be named University Innovation Fellows by the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter). The University Innovation Fellows (UI Fellows) is a network of student leaders working to create lasting institutional change that will increase student engagement with entrepreneurship, innovation, creativity, design thinking and venture creation. Abbey’s recognition as a UI Fellow is yet another testament to Villanova’s increasing campus-wide emphasis on entrepreneurial thinking.

A Mechanical Engineering major with a Dynamic Systems concentration, and a dual minor in Engineering Entrepreneurship and Mechatronics, Abbey was nominated and sponsored for the Fellows network by Edmond Dougherty ’69 EE, ’86 MSCS, director of the Engineering Entrepreneurship program. He explains how Abbey demonstrates the qualities that Epicenter looks for, “In addition to being a creative and innovative individual, Abbey also is a strategic thinker who possesses the perseverance and enthusiasm to work toward a campus-wide goal of instilling in fellow students an entrepreneurial mindset.” He adds, “To ignite change, we must recognize, encourage and further develop the creative thinkers and dreamers among us.”

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