Publication: An Innovators’ Movement

A new book by MIT Press, Does America Need More Innovators?, features a chapter by UIF program co-directors

UIF program co-directors Humera Fasihuddin and Leticia Britos Cavagnaro have written a chapter in a newly published book by MIT Press. The book, Does America Need More Innovators?, is an exploration of today’s global imperative to innovate, with contributions by champions, critics, and reformers of innovation.

The book originated in a 2015 workshop held at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC, hosted by Virginia Tech-Lemelson Center and titled “Can Innovators Be Made?” Humera, Leticia and two Fellows presented at the workshop while the UIF program was part of the NSF-funded National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter). Afterwards, Humera and Leticia were invited to contribute a chapter along with several other participants of the workshop.

Their chapter, “An Innovators’ Movement,” focuses on the role of students in bringing about change in higher education in order to help young people gain the attitudes, skills and knowledge required to navigate a complex world.

Learn more about the book, and download a PDF of the content, at

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