Derek Dashti, a doctoral student studying bioinnovation at Tulane University, has been named a University Innovation Fellow, a prestigious national honor that will enable him to bolster entrepreneurial activity on campus.
Derek Dashti, a grad student studying bioinnovation, will bolster entrepreneurial activity on campus. (Photo by Sally Asher)
The fellowship is a program of the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation, a National Science Foundation-funded partnership between Stanford University and the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance.
Among other things, Dashti is helping students obtain funding for their ideas, devices and designs, working to open incubator space to support the development of entrepreneurial companies and planning seminars where students can learn about patents, grants and other issues.
“I take great pride as part of a national movement to ensure students gain the necessary attitudes, skills and knowledge to compete in the entrepreneurial economy of the future,” Dashti says.
Dashti is an Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) fellow
in the Tulane Bioinnovation Program. His research interests include stem cell tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Before coming to Tulane, he obtained bachelor’s and master’s degrees in bioengineering from the University of California at Berkeley and the University of California–San Francisco.
In March, he and the program’s other University Innovation Fellows will travel to the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance conference in San Jose, Calif., where they will attend sessions on technology entrepreneurship and a design-thinking workshop at Google.
Earlier this year, Dashti played a leading role in creating a public online platform
for students across the country to share information about how to spark an entrepreneurial movement at their schools. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy featured it in a blog