Meet the Student Innovation Team

Meet the Student Innovation Team

Learn about the fantastic group of students helping the Hub tackle challenges in higher education

The Hub’s Student Innovation Team enhances higher education’s traditional model of project implementation by engaging student voices early in large-scale University challenges and opportunities. The team addresses challenges in curriculum and course development, space design, engagement strategy, and more through research, brainstorming, and testing. Each week, the 12 person team learns to apply methods of creative problem solving, such as design thinking, systems thinking, and Lean SixSigma, to 2-week project sprints. Individuals on this year’s team brought diversity from 10 different majors, 6 colleges, on and off-campus, transfer, domestic, and international students.

A green and white flyer with three items: a black icon denoting a notebook with a header of "Research & Strategy"; an orange stylized lightbulb with the header "Ideation & Prototyping"; two green arrows in a cycle with the header "Testing & Feedback"

The Student Innovation team acts as a Think Tank for MSU.

 

01. Pa VangPA VANG

Anthropology, senior

1 THING I HAVE TO OFFER:

An anthropology mindset

 

Minor/ specialization:

Graphic Design and Entrepreneurship

Some of my other involvements include…

Student Supervisor at the Learning Resource Center, Lab Monitor at the Anatomy Lab

One experience that helped me grow…

Joining the Asian Pacific American Student Organization and the Spartan Remix Committee

 

02. Douglas ClementsDOUGLAS CLEMENTS

Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, junior

1 THING I HAVE TO OFFER:

A background in renewable energy and an interest in regenerative systems

 

Minor/ specialization:

Ecosystems design

Some of my other involvements include…

Zap Zone Manager, Martial arts student/instructor, Design for America member

One experience that helped me grow…

Spending a month in Nepal, living with locals, trekking and eating a lot

 

03. Cameron SnowCAMERON SNOW

Finance, freshman

1 THING I HAVE TO OFFER:

Leadership

Some of my other involvements include…

Employment at Forest Akers, Brother of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity and Brotherhood Committee Chairman

One experience that helped me grow…

Learning to golf, which taught me patience and the importance of hard work

 

04. Rohit SenROHIT SEN

Computer Science, sophomore

1 THING I HAVE TO OFFER:

Technical and management skills

Minor/ Specialization:

Cognitive Science

Some of my other involvements include…

Research Assistant at Hintze Lab

One experience that helped me grow…

My environmental engineering business

 

05. Kathryn ShupeKAT SHUPE

Zoology, senior

1 THING I HAVE TO OFFER:

Team work & enthusiasm

Minor/Specialization:

Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology

Some of my other involvements include…

Research Assistant at the Kay Holekamp Lab, as well as a writer for the Integrative Biology Department Communications Team

One experience that helped me grow…

Doing conservation research this summer in South Africa

 

06. Douglas KlimbalDOUGLAS KLIMBAL

Environmental Geoscience, senior

1 THING I HAVE TO OFFER:

The perspective of a Geology student

Minor/Specialization:

Geographic Information Science (GIS)

Some of my other involvements include…

Geology Club, Research at Friesen Lab in Plant Bio, Photography

One experience that helped me grow…

Helping my family sell the house I grew up in. The summer after my freshman year in college, I helped reconstruct the wrap-around porch/covered deck.

 

08. Tanner MathyTANNER MATHY

Environmental and Economics Management, freshman

1 THING I HAVE TO OFFER:

Organization & sustainability

Minor/Specialization:

Leadership in Integrated Learning (Bailey Scholars Program); possibly Mathematics

Some of my other involvements include…

Student senate representative for LEAF Club; member of MSU Stars (Make A Wish); volunteer with City of East Lansing Environmental Stewardship Program

One experience that helped me grow…

Coming to MSU and not knowing ANYONE. At all. I’m not a very outgoing guy, but meeting the people on my floor and getting involved with groups really has helped me become more sociable.

 

09. Chad BinderCHAD BINDER

Supply Chain Management, senior

1 THING I HAVE TO OFFER:

Love

Some of my other involvements include…

Leading a team for Design for America, Lou and Harry’s Manager, Research Assistant for Supply Chain

One experience that helped me grow…

Travelling to Lilongwe, Malawi with the Global Center for Food Systems Innovation to innovate informal food markets while collaborating with local students and city government

 

10. Linda LayLINDA LAY

Biosystems Engineering, junior

1 THING I HAVE TO OFFER:

Enthusiasm!

Minor/Specialization:

Leadership in Integrated Learning (Bailey Scholars Program); possibly Mathematics

Some of my other involvements include…

Design for America, Research opportunities

One experience that helped me grow…

Being a team member with Design for America

 

11. Justin WoodsJUSTIN WOODS

Media and information, freshman

1 THING I HAVE TO OFFER:

Leadership

Some of my other involvements include…

Freelance photography and film

One experience that helped me grow…

Getting hired by MSU for University photography projects

 

12. Liz MartinLIZ MARTIN

Experience Architecture, senior

1 THING I HAVE TO OFFER:

Listening

Some of my other involvements include…

Design for America

One experience that helped me grow…

Leading a design project in Jamaica

 

13. Libby HoffmanLIBBY HOFFMAN

Experience architecture, senior

1 THING I HAVE TO OFFER:

Energy!

Some of my other involvements include…

Being an intercultural aide on campus, teaching kickboxing and bootcamp, working on education projects at the Hub

One experience that helped me grow…

Travelling in the Caribbean, Central America, and Africa

 

Want to learn more about working with the Student Innovation Team? Send a note to Libby Hoffman (hoffm492@msu.edu).

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