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YOU|create Program Coordinator

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Matthew Cremins Matthew.Cremins@uconn.edu John W. Rowe Center for Undergraduate Education Office 215G

Matt Cremins, ’13 (ENGR), ’14 (MENG), Spackenkill NY
Mechanical Engineer/CEO Voda Water

As CEO and Co-Founder of Voda, a start-up who owes its 2013 start to a Uconn Engineering graduate class on entrepreneurship. Matt’s engineering and entrepreneurial experiences made him a natural front runner for the YOU|create Program Coordinator so the Office of First Year Programs & Learning Communities was ecstatic wen he accepted the position.  With Matt on board to helm YOU|create, UConn’s undergraduate Innovation and Entrepreneurial Incubation program the program has flourished and currently has four student innovation projects in development.

When asked about YOU|create, he had this to say: 

“I built YOU|create because I believe in our students’ ability to combine their knowledge and creative skill sets to accomplish amazing things. We are fortunate at UConn to have exceptionally creative, talented, and motivated students; students who are looking to learn both in and out of the classroom. If we as a university can foster a culture of innovation, students will become engaged during their collegiate years, enabling them to become leaders in their professional fields which will hopefully see them giving back to the UConn community that shaped them.”

To learn more about Matt and his start-up Voda, please visit drinkvoda.com or http://today.uconn.edu/blog/2014/10/start-up-seeks-solution-to-plastic-waste-from-water-bottles/

Executive Director of First Year Programs & Learning Communities

David Ouimette David.Ouimette@uconn.edu John W. Rowe Center for Undergraduate Education 235 Office Suite 860.486.337

David Ouimette’s work is critical to the academic mission of the University of Connecticut. As the Executive Program Director tasked with all first-year programming, he is devoted to strengthening existing partnerships and collaborations, researching best practices, and involving faculty in the design and maintenance of programming initiatives. Ouimette created the University’s Academic Achievement Center to centralize academic resources and enable students to get the academic support they need. He has also been involved in implementing a one-on-one assistance program, advocating for study abroad programs, and developing strategies to accommodate increasing class sizes. The accomplishments of the programs he manages can be directly attributed to the fact that he sees himself as a student advocate. Ouimette approaches his work as if each first-year student is his direct responsibility.