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Release Date: Thursday, April 10, 2014 2:40 PM
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Howard University Student Selected As National University Innovation Fellow

Washington (March 28, 2014) – Howard University junior Attiyah Lanier a Systems and Computer Science major in the College of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Sciences (CEACS) was selected as a University Innovation Fellow, a prestigious national program that supports peer collaboration to catalyze innovation and venture activity on college campuses.   

The University Innovation Fellows program is administered by the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation, funded by the National Science Foundation as a partnership between Stanford University and the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance. There are 110 fellows on 78 university campuses across the country. Through the program, students are empowered to dream, design and deliver innovations that solve real-world problems.
“We are excited about working with Attiyah to enhance the innovation ecosystem at Howard University,” said Lorraine Fleming, interim CEACS dean. “She is energetic and passionate about the work of expanding multidisciplinary opportunities for students and faculty to engage in innovation and entrepreneurship on campus and throughout the world.”

Lanier is a native of Montgomery County, MD, who is enrolled in the Lean Launchpad course, offered through the Department of Systems and Computer Science, where she is actively engaged in learning the processes of developing innovative ideas into marketable products and launching a technological start-up company.

“I am very motivated to promote an innovative mindset on campus and look forward to all the changes this will bring to the entire Howard community,” said Lanier. “I've learned to not be afraid of the big problems but to embrace them, because it is the solutions to those problems that will change the world.”

Howard University was selected in 2014 to participate in two initiatives – Pathways to Innovation and the HBCU Innovation and Entrepreneurship Collaborative – which focus on integrating innovation and entrepreneurship in undergraduate engineering education and the campus culture.


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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