Credits: Student Innovation @ the U 2024

“Student Innovation at the U” is an annual publication celebrating student innovation and impact at the University of Utah. A digital version is available at This publication is produced by the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute, an interdisciplinary division of the David Eccles School of Business and the hub for student entrepreneurs and innovators at the U. Learn about the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute and how to get involved at

This publication is managed by staff at the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute, including:

Troy D’Ambrosio — executive director, Lassonde Institute; assistant dean, David Eccles School of Business

Kathy Hajeb — director, Lassonde Institute; associate professor (lecturer), David Eccles School of Business

Thad Kelling — marketing director, Lassonde Institute

Despina Giannopoulos — marketing coordinator, Lassonde Institute


Have a question? Want copies? Want to nominate a student to be featured in the next edition? Or want to be a contributor? We want to hear from you! Contact the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute at or 801-587-3836.


Gracie Tidwell, assistant editor, writer, and photographer — Gracie is a senior at the University of Utah. She is majoring in marketing and minoring in psychology. Gracie is from Heber, Utah, and enjoys hiking, skiing, and travelling.

Mary Allen, writer, photographer — Mary is an undergraduate student from Salt Lake City studying graphic design. In addition to her work with the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute, she is also involved at the MUSS Board and the Daily Utah Chronicle. Her passions lie in the arts, sports, and outdoors.

Sean Andrews, writer, photographer — Sean is studying marketing at the University of Utah. He grew up in Reno, Nevada. Sean’s favorite things include skiing and rock climbing.

Abigail Cheney, writer, photographer — Originally from Connecticut, Abigail came to the University of Utah for their esteemed entrepreneurship and marketing programs. She is passionate about startups and entrepreneurial exploration. Her enthusiasm aligns with writing and additional artistic endeavors.

Vyana Dang, writer, photographer — Vyana studied marketing and minored in design at the University of Utah. She has a strong passion for the outdoors, but when she is not surfing at her hometown waves or skiing at her favorite resorts in Utah, she is exploring new food restaurants or attempting new recipes.

Tom Glasmann, writer, photographer — Tom is a theater, games, and English student at the University of Utah. Passionate about telling stories and performing, Tom is an entertainer at heart. In addition to this, he is known around campus for his fun, eccentric personality, and his surplus of business cards.

Ella James, writer — Ella is studying marketing and information systems at the University of Utah. She coaches girls’ high school and girls’ club volleyball as well. Originally, she is from England and grew up there and lived in Switzerland and Germany. She moved to the U.S. when she was 10 years old. She loves to travel and recently got married and traveled all over Europe for her honeymoon.

David Kale, writer, photographer — David, a Lassonde Studios resident and community member, is pursuing a degree in operations and supply chain. Outside of the classroom, he finds joy in writing musicals, practicing photography and cinematography, and learning any new skill he can.

Lauren Nusbaum, writer, photographer — Lauren is from Los Angeles and moved to Utah for skiing, but stayed for a major in strategic communications. She uses her communications major and arts technology minor to further her passions of digital design and photography. Instagram: @just.lauren

Elle Williams, photographer — Elle is a business student at the University of Utah. She started her own photography business and also does freelance work for the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute. She has a passion for capturing beauty and stories through her work. When she is not working or doing schoolwork, she is snowboarding, climbing, or doing anything outdoors.

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Find this article and a lot more in the 2024 “Student Innovation @ the U” report. The publication is presented by the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute to celebrate student innovators, change-makers, and entrepreneurs.

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