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Jhonatan Nagasako Selected in Epicenter University Innovation Fellows Program

Posted March 14, 2014

Jhonatan Nagasako, a junior Biomedical Engineering major from Honolulu, Hawaii, was selected as a candidate in the Epicenter University Innovation Fellows Program. Upon completion of a six-week training program, Jhonatan will earn the status of University Innovation Fellow. The UI fellows are student leaders who work with their peers to catalyze greater levels of innovation and venture activity on their campuses. The program is run by the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter), funded by the National Science Foundation as a partnership between Stanford University and the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA). This program calls on students and their peers to dream, design and deliver innovations that solve real-world problems.


In 2013, Jhonatan won second place in the Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Awards Elevator Pitch contest for his Smash Cap, a wireless brain concussion measuring and monitoring device for athletes. Created in the cross-disciplinary Product Development and Innovation course, the Smash Cap has been submitted for a U.S. patent. (Photo L to R) Dean S. Hossein Cheraghi, Jhonathan Nagsako, and Dr. Robert T.T. Gettens.


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