Invent & Innovate
Providing educational opportunities and professional development for students
HOW IT WORKS
Find an Idea
If you already have a project or passion you want to pursue, let us know about by email to or simply apply.
If you don't have an idea, but want to do something, we have a list of projects you can consider.
Don't be afraid of a Big Idea. You can start in any year and work on it in the Pod for as long as you are a student.
Join the Pod
After your application has been received and reviewed, we'll arrange for you to give us a very short, no props presentation.
Your successful presentation gets you free access to all the Pod offers:
collaboration with other students
Make it Happen
Work on your idea at your own pace in the Pod space.
Interact with other members in the Pod and on campus.
Meet with mentors online, on campus, or however works best for you.
We've been apart for too long!
It appears that over the next couple of months campus will start to reopen. We all know that the plan is for "hybrid" instruction this Fall, and with that the Pod should resume normal operation. That means that we will be looking for existing groups to renew and signing up new members.
In addition, there will be an exciting new opportunity for people who want to push themselves in the Pod and beyond. We are not just picking up where we left off, we are going to do better!
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Steven.
Meet the Pod
We are Alumni and Faculty who are passionate about mentoring students and new graduates to set them up for success.
We provide educational and professional development opportunities for students outside of their normal course of study. We aim to foster rich opportunities in the spirit of entrepreneurial initiatives through testing, prototyping, mentorship, workshops, partnerships, and access to equipment for testing, evaluating, and realizing design concepts.
The Pod has space and tools for making. There is a 3D printer, as well as electronics development and testing tools, basic hand tools, milling machines, and more. We plan to add more capabilities based on available feedback and opportunities.
We use online tools to augment meetings with all of our mentors.
Additionally, Pod members have access to two bonus "maker spaces" located on campus close to the main Pod space.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
"Having someone to bounce ideas off of who has real-world experience and can provide reliable, trustworthy answers/suggestions is truly invaluable!"
— Fred, Student Pod Member