The University of Utah is an exciting place to be a student. Here, you are taught by world-class professors, and supported by incredible staff, in remarkable facilities. We are paving the way in new and important research areas such as genetics, bioengineering, computer graphics and the arts. The campus community is comprised of students who are diverse, passionate and intelligent. The success of the university is known worldwide, yet we offer some of the most affordable degrees anywhere. All of this is set against the backdrop of five beautiful national parks.
We add to these qualities another that makes the U even more appealing: We challenge every student to deeply engage in their educational experience and to apply what they are learning. Build something. Start a company. Be innovative. Breathe life into ideas, and turn your dreams into a reality. We want every student to receive the best education possible, and while they are on campus, we also want them to have the opportunity to put their new knowledge to work. This challenge is embodied in our motto: “Imagine. Then Do.”
You don’t need to look hard to find evidence of our students accepting this challenge. In every corner of campus, students are engaged in meaningful projects that have the potential to positively impact the world, as well as those participating in the process. To showcase these students and their work, we offer this publication. “Student Innovation @ the U” is a collection of stories written by current students and alumni. They were nominated and selected to showcase the breadth of opportunities at the University of Utah and the potential of all students.
Inside the fifth edition of “Student Innovation @ the U,” you will read about students developing video games to help children with autism, portable air-pollution detectors, T-shirts to benefit kids in foster care and many more. I hope you will be as impressed as I am by the great things our students are doing and the promise they hold for the future.
I challenge you to get involved, do something great and make a difference. Then, tell us about it. We look forward to featuring you in the near future.
– David Pershing, president, University of Utah
Find this article and a lot more in the 2017 “Student Innovation @ the U” report. The publication is presented by the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute to celebrate student innovators, change-makers and entrepreneurs.