Keran Lu

2009 Director

Keran is currently a senior undergraduate chemical engineering student at the University of Maryland, College Park. A Banneker-Keyes Scholar, Keran is an exemplar student at the university and excels in academics, leadership, and community service. He was accepted into the Gemstone Undergraduate Research Program and the prestigious Hinman CEOs Program. Through his diverse experiences from research in drug delivery to working on entrepreneurial start-ups, he has found that success in any experience ultimately stems from one thing being ready when the opportunity arises.

For that reason, Keran has worked with the United InnoWorks Academy at the University of Maryland since 2006 to ensure that our children are ready when the time comes. He started out in the program as a last-minute mentor but came to love and appreciate the efforts he saw in the children and the volunteers during the camp. Subsequently, he volunteered to become deputy director and is now currently the director of the Maryland chapter.

His strong belief in the importance of education stemmed from the support his parents gave him to excel in school. The work he put in as a child translated to confidence and a diverse spectrum of knowledge that is invaluable to him today. Having grown up in an underprivileged household, Keran understood the difficulties in affording many opportunities available to more affluent households and that childhood experience is one of the biggest motivating factors Keran has to see that the United InnoWorks Academy continues to have its no-cost summer camps for our youth every year.

Class of 2009

InnoWorks is a Winner of the 2007 BRICK Awards