Humera co-directs the University Innovation Fellows Program. She trains students to create lasting institutional impact that enhances the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem on campus.
Prior to the University Innovation Fellows program, she worked for nonprofit VentureWell and led the creation of numerous programs including the organization’s first foray in advanced venture training workshops, which today account for over half of the 501c(3)’s income. Before that, she created innovation networks between industry and the University of Massachusetts Amherst under an NSF Partnership for Innovation grant.
Humera began her career at the publicly-traded UK firm Rexam, serving as product manager in their precision coated materials subsidiary. Humera holds an M.B.A. from UMass Amherst and a B.S. from Smith College.
Leticia co-directs the University Innovation Fellows Program. She is an adjunct professor at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (d.school), where she teaches Stanford students of all disciplines how to build their creative confidence to become engines of innovation in their own lives, and as members of teams and organizations.
She has a Ph.D. in Developmental Biology from Stanford and is a former member of the Research in Education & Design Lab (REDlab). Having witnessed the journey of students who are transformed by their experience at the d.school, bringing design thinking to people beyond Stanford has become a priority for Leticia. In Summer 2013, Leticia engaged thousands of people from over 130 countries via an experiential design thinking MOOC.
Leticia was the Deputy Director of the NSF-funded National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter), which operated from 2011 to 2016.
Laurie directs the communications strategy for the University Innovation Fellows program and shares the stories of the students and faculty who exemplify the spirit and drive that define the program’s mission. She likes to say that she works on anything that has words or images, from the website to branded gear design.
Laurie has worked for ten years as a writer and editor for web and print, with experience in website management and graphic design. Prior to the University Innovation Fellows program, she was the communications director for the NSF-funded National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter). She has also worked for the University of Southern California as the web editor for the USC Dornsife College, and as the web editor for restaurant and lifestyle website Gayot.com. Laurie is a graduate of Susquehanna University with a B.A. in creative writing.
Ghanashyam is the India Program Manager for the University Innovation Fellows program. He handles all the operations of the program in India and works with the students from Indian institutions to be change-agents on campus. He also works with Beahead Private Limited, a company based out of Bengaluru as the Head for Technology Enablement and primarily focuses on Academia related programs.
Ghanashyam has over 12 years of experience spanning a variety of areas, including technology evangelism, tech audience marketing, project management, and in-the-trenches design and development. He has lead more than 15 design sprints in India & MENA region working with 70+ startups.
A former Microsoft Ambassador and a current Intel Software Innovator & Google Expert for UI/UX, Ghanashyam is always in the lookout for opportunities to come up with innovative solutions to address our day-to-day problems, as well as mentoring the next generation of innovators. He is very passionate about driving change in the education system to adopt new technologies and ensure students graduating from institutions in India have better chances of getting employment. He is actively working toward the same.