In 1850, just three years after they arrived in the Salt Lake Valley, the founders of the University of Utah created a modest institution of higher education to ensure a prosperous and fulfilling future for the people living here. From that humble beginning grew a major research university with global stature. Throughout decades of growth and change, the university has maintained its commitment to inquiry, innovation and public service.
This year, due to the extraordinary efforts of our students, faculty and administrators from colleges and departments across campus, the U is celebrating its biggest year ever in research funding — $515 million for projects addressing a wide range of issues, from non-opioid painkillers to geothermal energy in Utah.
In this publication, you’ll read about students who are part of the U’s innovation engine. These students are taking full advantage of the world-class learning opportunities available at the U to bring new ideas from imagination to reality. Our student innovators come from across campus, representing diverse disciplines and interesting collaborations. The students highlighted this year exemplify what is possible when curiosity, passion and talent are encouraged and guided by world-renowned experts.
I encourage you to explore their work and see what future ideas may shape our world. I also invite to you to imagine, then do.
— President Ruth Watkins
Find this article and a lot more in the 2019 “Student Innovation @ the U” report. The publication is presented by the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute to celebrate student innovators, change-makers and entrepreneurs.