Jefferson Innovator Magazine

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Scholarship Stories

From our wide array of majors, to our small class sizes, work study opportunities, our ever-expanding alumni network, and much more, our students happily call Jefferson their home away from home.


Breaking Down the Walls

Jefferson students are helping Philadelphia’s refugee communities break through to a safer, healthier future.


Transcend & Include

As an expert in building with the climate in mind, Fleming obsesses on the future. As a professor and director of Jefferson’s sustainable design program, he’s consumed by how to best educate students.


Designer Health

Kensington is the largest open-air drug market on the East Coast and the epicenter of the region’s overdose crisis. But where most onlookers see hopelessness, Bon Ku, MD, sees hope.


The Past Is a Prologue

Jefferson was born (twice, or maybe three times) from a desire to rethink the status quo. Here’s a look into its vibrant history.


Question & Innovate

Richard Florida, PhD, came to Philadelphia for an up-close and personal look at how our city’s revival is reaching a tipping point, a “new urban crisis” brought on by success.

From Our Leadership


The Human in the Middle

Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA


Shrinking World/Expanding Horizon

Mark L. Tykocinski, MD


People & Legacy

Elizabeth A. Dale, EdD, MPA

From the Nexus


Jefferson Hits the Runway at NYFW

Fashion design students Marquies Smith and Robin Skodi showcase socially conscious collections.


A Game Changer

Industrial design alumni develop a cleat attachment for blade-style prosthetic.

Ram Roundup

Rams Are Winners On & Off the Field

Student-athletes are recognized for their volunteer work.


Rams Rise Up Challenge

In just 24 hours, the Rams Rise Up Challenge raised $44,079 thanks to the support of 869 benefactors—more than double the original 400 donor goal.


Abe Almonte, BS ’16

This Jefferson alum, current MBA student, and Rams pitching coach works hard on and off the field.

Class Notes

Morgan Jefferson, Textile Design ’17

Since graduating, Morgan has been working as an Assistant Sweater Designer for Free People. In her position, she knits on machines, and comes up with new ideas for sweaters that represent the Free People brand. She ended 2019 with the number one style—the “BFF Sweater.” She found a new love for fashion design this year when she was challenged to create two garments, and is enjoying expanding her skill set. Outside of work, she has a passion for crocheting, and recently created a sweater coat for a model who was attending New York fashion week. It was a show stopper, was featured in several blogs, and was listed under best NYFW street styles in Essence Magazine. She says: “My job is so much fun and a dream come true. It is exactly what I went to school for. I am taking the skills I learned in my knit design classes at PhilaU and applying them to my job every day.”