Bioengineering Student Selected for EPiCenter Conference
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Ben Johnston, a Ph.D. student in the Bioengineering Department, was selected by the National Center of Engineering Pathways to Innovation (EPiCenter) of Stanford University to attend the OPEN 2013 Conference in Washington, D.C.
Conference attendees included NCIIA/EPICENTER staff; professors of business, engineering, and entrepreneurship from many top universities; entrepreneurs that had been in the program and are now successful; engineering students that have entrepreneurial skills and are interested in mentoring/learning; and VIPs from various government and private entities.
"I think it is a good thing to be accepted because of the people you get to meet and learn from. My student colleagues were all from Tier One universities, and the two program directors are very kind and talented - I enjoyed meeting them all in person at the conference. It was really inspiring and made me want to work even harder. I especially enjoyed talking with the other graduate students who had taken incredible steps to develop a technology into a product. Many of them have developed events at their campuses to get like-minded engineers together to talk about products and businesses," Johnston said.
OPEN is co-sponsored by the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA). With a membership of nearly 200 colleges and universities across the United States, the NCIIA helps student and faculty innovators and entrepreneurs bring their concepts to commercialization. The NCIIA helps student start-ups with early stage funding, business strategy development training, mentoring, and investment. It provides faculty with funding for courses and programs, opportunities for recognition, and entrepreneurship education training and networking.