The Power of Penn Arts and Sciences fundraising campaign prioritizes advancing faculty distinction and realizing student potential, focusing on strengthening a diverse group of dynamic, collaborative scholars and promoting access and opportunity through expanded resources for students at all levels.
As a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences, Fernando Rojo, C'18, was visiting his grandparents in Buenos Aires, Argentina, when he met a shoemaker and designer named Rafael at an artisan fair. The two teamed up to create a line of shoes that used traditional Peruvian textiles.
PATOS now employs a dozen Peruvian artisans selling products in 15 countries and includes a partnership with J.Crew. The company aims to empower artisans across Latin America through its network, allowing them to work under fair conditions and maintain their centuries-old handcrafting techniques while creating a platform for their products to enter the international markets.
Rojo, who has studied economics and mathematics, has been featured in Forbes Magazine, NBC News, and Huffington Post. He’s also written for Business Insider.
Produced by Penn Arts & Sciences
• Filmed and edited by Annemarie Branco
• Additional filming by Ricardo Echegaray E., Fernando Villavicencio, and University of Pennsylvania Office of Communications
Dillion Fox is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. His research focuses on computational biophysics and soft condensed matter physics. In this video he answers the question "What Is Energy" as part of the 2017 Flame Challenge competition presented by the Alda-Kavli Learning Center for Science Communication. The Flame Challenge is an international competition in which scientists answer a technical question in a clear and entertaining way, specifically geared toward an audience of 11-year-olds. Launched in 2012, The Flame Challenge began with Alan Alda’s own childhood query, "What is a flame?"