YOU|create Program Coordinator
|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:
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’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.|