Fellow:Jonathan Robert Puhl

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Serving as a UIF Since: Spring 2017

School: University of North Dakota

What he does now: Currently working as an Digital Media Instructional Designer at the University of North Dakota

What that means: I work with faculty across the entire university and even the state for course creation, design, and pedagogical needs for their students. I also serve on boards for student advocacy and moving the bar forward in ways to help students as much as possible. I work with many different hats, but I try to be the best I can be within my role and help anyone who may need it.

Contact him about: New forms of education, prototyping, startup priorities, need a sounding board for ideas or problems, and making ideas come to life! Don't forget powerlifting, drag racing, uuuuuum dogs, cats or any fur babies really :D

Email: puhljonathan@gmail.com

Phone: (712) 541-1038

Jonathan Robert Puhl is a University Innovation Fellow and a graduate student studying Instructional Design and


Technology (IDT) at the University of North Dakota (UND). Originally from Le Mars, Iowa, he attended UND in pursuit of his undergraduate degree in Commercial Aviation at the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences. During his pursuit of this degree he got involved with building computers and helped a few friends along the way to build their own. During that process a good friend said he should start a computer building company, so he did just that. Fast forward four years and Jon was already on his fourth business, he had caught the entrepreneurial bug. Jon decided to follow his new passion of entrepreneurship and changed majors after two full years of aviation school. Jon graduated in the Spring of 2016 with his undergraduate in Entrepreneurship through the School of Entrepreneurship at UND.

During his undergraduate in entrepreneurship Jon found a severe disconnect with students and their academic pursuits. This entailed from the emphasis of content rather than the student. Two days after graduation Jon was already started on his graduate program in IDT. Jon aims to change the way education works from a content focus towards a student perspective. Pursuing his Master’s degree is just the first step towards a far loftier goal he has planned, which is to build or be the president of a college. He also wishes to pursue his PhD in education eventually but isn't sure when exactly.

Jon is heavily involved with his peers and fellow entrepreneurs. He has helped start multiple businesses ranging from Bitcoins oriented firms, 3D printing, to UAV companies such as SkySkopes. Looking into the future he is helping students become more as often as possible, allowing them to push their own limits for their own futures. Jon has also been working with his fellow students to build a new student platform called Dedicated Individuals Bettering Society, or as they call it, DIBS. This organization raises the expectations of students, giving them the ability to do, even when a climate says they don’t have that option, giving the students the power to make change on their own playing field.

Jon has been working closely with the UIF community since his launch as a fellow. He developed and implemented the UIGUIDE program, which assigns a past fellow to incoming cohorts to then help them through the training, and building a great relationship for the future work fellows aim to achieve. He has managed and run this program for nearly six years now. Recently he worked with another past fellow, Nariman Gathers, and they both organized, managed, and orchestrated the 2023 UIF Meetup. Jon is passionate about the UIF program and would love to help and or hear what you are working on!


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University Innovation Fellows

Fall 2016:

Atle Alexander Berglie Johansen

Brian porter

Jonathan Robert Puhl

Spring 2016:

Daniel Daffinrud

Emily O'Brien

Fall 2015:

Benjamin Olson