Three UMSI students named innovators to watch
UMSI students Lily Samimi, Kruthi Sabnis Krishna and Maria Gosur were recently recognized as three of U-M Innovate Blue’s “15 for '15," female U-M student innovators to watch in 2015. The list is comprised of women chosen for their passion and work as innovators and entrepreneurs, and includes undergraduate and graduate students from various schools and colleges across the university.
Second-year MSI students Lily Samimi and Kruthi Sabnis Krishna teamed up with UMSI’s Entrepreneurship Program to launch infoLab (formerly, Design Clinic), a consulting service where students can offer information management and research to local community entrepreneurs and projects. Free services include user interface and interaction design, website architecture, customer delivery and user research, usability testing, content development and social media marketing.
Samimi and Sabnis Krishna’s vision for the program is provide students with a real-world entrepreneurial experience. They are hoping that the program becomes a sustainable model that integrates with UMSI and becomes a type of consultancy that leverages skills from various schools, including engineering, business and art. Since the pilot project began in January, infoLab has worked with 11 students and taken on 20 client projects.
After seeking advice from the Entrepreneurship Program, part-time MSI student Maria Gosur set out on her entrepreneurial journey, which led to the design of the mobile application, LivPoz. With LivPoz, Gosur hopes to assist people living with HIV manage their healthcare and self-care. Gosur’s team includes students from the College of Engineering, School of Public Health, School of Natural Resources and Environment, and Ross School of Business. Her team recently took the top prize at the School of Public Health’s Innovation in Action competition and are planning to launch the app this summer.
The full “15 for 15” list can be viewed at http://innovateblue.umich.edu/15-innovative-female-students-to-watch-in-2015/.