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About Us

Vision

An Innovation University characterized by innovating students and student innovations.

Mission

The Center for Student Innovation will recruit, foster, celebrate, and support student innovators and student Innovations through extra-curricular and curricular opportunities, facilities, events, training, and mentorship.

The Building

Designed by Rochester-based architectural firm Chaintreuil, Jensen, and Stark, ours is a LEED Platinum building whose interior changes on a daily basis to accommodate our many activities.

The Culture

"Innovation is fostered by information gathered from new connections; from insights gained by journeys into other disciplines or places." --Margaret J. Wheatley

"The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas." --Linus Pauling

"Allow for the inherent sloppiness of innovation." --Tom Peters

"The innovation point is the pivotal moment when talented and motivated people seek the
opportunity to act on their ideas and dreams.” --W. Arthur Porter

"Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things." --Theodore Levitt

"An inventor is simply a person who doesn't take his education too seriously. You see, from the time a person is six years old until he graduates from college he has to take three or four examinations a year. If he flunks once, he is out. But an inventor is almost always failing. He tries and fails maybe a thousand times. If he succeeds once then he's in. These two things are diametrically opposite. We often say that the biggest job we have is to teach a newly hired employee how to fail intelligently. We have to train him to experiment over and over and to keep on trying and failing until he learns what will work." --Charles Kettering

"There ain’t no rules around here. We’re trying to accomplish something." --Thomas Edison