Mechanical Engineering undergraduate students Henry Jenkins, Regan Sampson, Johnny Desrosiers, and Indiana Sjahputera were named Fall 2020 University Innovation Fellows and were honored in a virtual ceremony on November 30th. The four ME students are among 198 students from 45 higher education institutions in 14 countries who were named University Innovation Fellows this fall.

The UIF program, run by Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, aims to empower students to become agents of change at their schools. This year’s Mines students have an ambitious agenda to promote positive change on campus — including plans to establish a dedicated creative space where students could unwind and collaborate on artistic endeavors.

Senior Henry Jenkins is spearheading an effort to host TED-style events on campus and is in the process of completing the required documentation to become a Mines-sanctioned student organization.

ME junior Johnny Desrosiers is focusing on the creative space project to supplement Mines’ existing workshop and maker spaces. Art supplies, board games, puzzles, instruments and maybe even a soundproof room for music rehearsal are among the ideas for the space.

Meanwhile, junior Regan Sampson and sophomore Indiana Sjahputera are both working on projects related to mental health on campus.

Read more about the fellows’ projects here »