Top students and academics awarded first Schmidt-MacArthur Fellowships - Press Release

June 13, 2013



20 May 2013– The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, in partnership with the Schmidt Family Foundation, has today announced the names of the students and academics from the globally-recognised universities that will be taking part in the first Schmidt-MacArthur Fellowships in the circular economy.

The Fellowships, running for the first time this year, will challenge post-graduate students and their academic tutors from a select network of some of the world’s top universities to innovate for a circular economy.

The eleven students have been chosen from across four continents including Europe (UK, France, The Netherlands & Italy) USA, Asia (India) & Africa and represent some of the world’s most renowned universities in the disciplines of Design, Engineering and Business. Each student will receive a fellowship to help them undertake their own Circular Economy Innovation Project with access to an exclusive online learning platform, mentoring support from their university and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, and a place on an intensive week-long summer school in London 17-21 June 2013. In return, the fellowship recipients will share their learning experiences and developing projects on the Ellen MacArthur foundation website (

Dame Ellen MacArthur of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, said:“Going through the considerable number of applications we received for the Schmidt-MacArthur fellowships was like opening the window on a world of creativity, bold ideas and ambition. Short-listing the candidates has not been an easy task, but we now have world-class student and academic partnerships in place and global universities paving the way for a rethink of the economy.”

“The selection of the fellows is an important and exciting milestone,” said Wendy Schmidt, President of the Schmidt Family Foundation.“They each bring a unique perspective and set of experiences to the program as well as a drive to re-think how we approach many important systems in our economy. Their time in London together will be valuable as the innovation process begins.”

About the Schmidt-MacArthur Fellowships
The Schmidt-MacArthur Fellowship Programme, launched in 2013, is a global higher education initiative created by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation ( in partnership with the Schmidt Family Foundation ( The programme has been created to develop the skills and innovative thinking required to transition to a circular economy.The Fellowships are open to postgraduate students from a global network of ten Partner Universities including: Imperial College London, Cranfield University, London Business School in the UK, Yale University, University of California Berkeley & Stanford University in the United States, Euromed Management, Delft University of Technology and MIP Politecnico di Milano in Continental Europe, and India’s National Institute of Design. Students and academic mentors from these universities will take part in a London-based intensive summer school before returning to their university to focus on a postgraduate, circular economy innovation project. For more information please visit

The names of the selected fellows and mentors are as follows:

Imperial College London (UK)
Vidhi Mehta (fellow)
Course: Innovation Design Engineering

Professor Peter Childs (mentor)
Senior lecturer in Biomechatronics and Mechanical Engineering

Timothy Sadler (fellow)
Course: Innovation Design

Clare Brass (mentor)
Head of Sustainability at RCA

Cranfield University (UK)
Chidiebere Ofoegbu (fellow)
Course: Economics of Natural Resource and Environmental Management

Dr Paul Burgess (mentor)
Senior Lecturer in Crop Ecology and Management

Yale University (USA)
Anthony Clark (fellow)
Course: Business & the Environment and Life Cycle Design (Joint Master of Environmental Management and MBA Candidate)

Reid J Lifset (mentor)
Associate Research Scholar, Resident Fellow in Industrial Ecology and Associate Director of the Industrial Environmental Management Program

Stanford University (USA)
Ernestine Fu (fellow)
Course: Civil and Environmental Engineering

Professor Martin Fischer
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and (by courtesy) Computer Science.

University of California Berkeley (USA)
Antony Kim (fellow)
Course: Architecture

Professor Galen Cranz (mentor)
Professor of Architecture

Delft University of Technology (Netherlands)
Flora Poppelaars (fellow)
Course: Integrated Product Design (Industrial Design Engineering)

Professor David Peck (mentor)
Assistant Professor of Industrial Design Engineering

Euromed School of Management (France)
Hugo Coton-Pélagie (fellow)
Course: Entrepreneurship and Leadership

Loic Maherault (mentor)
Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Business

MIP Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
Luca Polzot (fellow)
Course: MBA (Master of Business Administration)

Prof. Davide Chiaroni
Assistant Professor MIP– Politecnico di Milano

National Institute of Design (India)
Karthikeyan Gopinathan (fellow)
Course: Faculty of Industrial Design – Product Design

Shashidhar Subramanya (fellow)
Course: Faculty of Industrial Design – Product Design

Praveen Nahar (mentor)
Senior Faculty in Industrial Design

Profiles of all the students and mentors involved, including their winning video submissions, can be found at:


Ellen MacArthur Foundation
Lucy Hardy, Media & Communications Coordinator
+44 (0) 1983 296 463

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