Stanford names Professor Emeritus Bruce Paton to Faculty Innovation Fellows Program

Bruce Paton

ATHERTON, Calif. (Dec. 7, 2020) – Menlo College congratulates Professor Emeritus Bruce Paton on being named a Faculty Innovation Fellow by Stanford University. Participation as a  Faculty Innovation Fellow builds upon Professor Paton’s role as Faculty Champion of the Menlo College University Innovation Fellows (UIF) program. Both fellowships are run through Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (, and Menlo’s participation in each program allows the College to continue to expand its leadership in innovation and entrepreneurship. 

“We are very proud to have Professor Emeritus Bruce Paton participate in this trailblazing fellowship,” said Menlo College President Steven Weiner. “The College will greatly benefit from his involvement, and most importantly it will strengthen our students’ competitive edge in the innovation economy.”

Menlo has participated in the UIF program since 2017, with 20 students appointed as fellows in the intervening years, all of whom have helped move forward innovation on campus. In addition to continuous design thinking training, UIF projects that have come to fruition include the creation of the campus’ Innovation Center and running the annual TechStars StartUp Weekend events.

Paton is one of 20 educators from 16 higher education institutions around the world who have been selected as a Faculty Innovation Fellow. The two-year program brings fellows together to create unique projects with the shared goal of enriching the innovation environments at their institutions and helping students gain essential and relevant skills for the twenty-first century. All of the candidates, like Paton, are mentors of the students in the University Innovation Fellows program (UIF). 

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About Menlo College

Menlo College was established in 1927. It is a small, private, non-profit, four-year, accredited, residential college located in Atherton, California. Menlo College’s location in Silicon Valley, one of the world’s most entrepreneurial and innovative geographical areas, has enabled the college to create a valuable market niche for its students locally — as well as globally. Menlo College cultivates in its students the skills, integrity, and passion to make meaningful contributions in an innovation economy.