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NMSU engineering student named Epicenter University Innovation Fellow

Mauricio Garcia and student

The National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation, known as Epicenter, named industrial engineering student Mauricio Garcia the first-ever University Innovation Fellow from New Mexico State University.

Garcia visited Stanford University and Google in March to learn more about innovation and entrepreneurship and is now the newest member of a growing team of individuals who are creating a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship across campus.

"Being chosen as the first NMSU University Innovation Fellow has been an honor and a very gratifying experience," Garcia said. "The program has opened my mind to ways students can increase innovation and entrepreneurship at NMSU."

Garcia was exposed to concepts such as design, innovation spaces, the ability to learn and relearn, how to engage people and resources by using physical spaces, understanding consumer needs, and building a strong foundation on campus for students to get involved. He attended a panel discussion featuring speakers from the White House, Google, Design for America, 3 Day Startup and Google X.

UI Fellows are part of a national movement to ensure that students gain the necessary attitudes, skills and knowledge required for them to compete in the economy of the future. Students from universities around the country work with their peers to spark innovation on their campuses.

The University Innovation Fellows program is run by the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation and funded by the National Science Foundation. It is directed by Epicenter at Stanford University and the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance.