Do You Think Like An Entrepreneur?  Thinking like an entrepreneur isn't limited to only people who create their own Silicon Valley startup. Being entrepreneurial is a state of mind.  For engineers, it means not just focusing on the technology we love, but finding out how to harness the power of that technology to solve real problems for real people - to imaginatively identify new opportunities to create value - and to do it in a way that is financially and logistically sustainable.  Whether you want to work for a large company, as part of a social enterprise, or even in a start-up, being entrepreneurial is critical to helping your organization prosper and serve the world.  Join us in developing our entrepreneurial capabilities - we have a wide range of opportunities for you, from programs and courses to project-based opportunities to extra-curricular activities.
Mentoring Reception - Thursday Dec 4
Winter 2015 Quarter Registration!
Thursday, December 4, 6 pm - 7:30 pm

Weigand Room in Vari Hall (formerly known as the Arts & Sciences Building)

Join us for this student mentoring reception in which SCU engineering students and industry engineers from the local region will be able to mingle in an informal and enjoyable setting. The reception will include dinner, and we will also be announcing the winning team in our current Innovation/Entrepreneurship contest--The Intel Edison Home Automation Product Concept Challenge. Given that we will be serving dinner, PLEASE RSVP by contacting Anne at
Please RSVP to Anne Mahacek, amahacek @ by Tuesday Dec 2

For Winter, we have a fantastic line-up of courses and activities.  Courses will include:

  • ENGR 171A - Opportunity Recognition I (1-unit): Learn how to identify, evaluate, and developideas that can lead to successful products and services.  Taught by an engineer who's created three new, successful ventures himself!
  • ENGR 172A - Applied Entrepreneurship I (1-unit): Explore the emerging market of aerial drones in order to develop a business model for establishing a REAL engineering enterprise that will offer drone-based services to local clients.
  • ENGR 173 - Introduction to Business Fundamentals (1-unit): Learn the basics of business operations from an engineer with 40 years of industry experience, to include having been a CEO for several companies here in Silicon Valley.
  • ENGR 176 - IP for Engineers (1-unit) - Learn the fundamentals of intellectual property when it comes to inventing technology and designing new products.
  • ENGR 178 - Strategic Marketing (1-unit) - Did you think that marketing was just advertising?  Guess again.  Learn how marketing fundamentally involves knowing your customer and assessing the viability of the things you design as an engineer!
Maker Lab Training: Join the more than 350 students, staff and faculty who have been trained to use the Maker Lab.  Information on the lab, equipment and training can be found HERE.

$2,000 Intel Product Concept Challenge - DETAILS HERE

9 teams of students (with 40 active students) are currently working on this industry challenge with Intel, our industry partner for our Fall Quarter Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program activities.

Intel engineer Jeff Ota kicked things off on Oct 15 with a lunchtime seminar on Intel's new Edison computing platform.  At the end of this event we announced our quarterly innovation and entrepreneurship challenge, which is to storyboard a new home/office automation product concept that exploits the capabilities of the Edison platform.  Details of the competition are here. As part of our quarterly activities, 10 students also took part in a tour of the Intel museum on Oct 29, and another 25 students, staff and faculty participated in our Lunch with an Entrepreneur activity, which featured alum Sreekanth Dayanidhi who spoke about his current start-up company.

View of inside Intel Museum in California


Fall 2014 Quarter Courses and Events

This Fall, we are offering several courses specifically designed to feature knowledge and skills to develop your entrepreneurial mindset:

  • ENGR 171A - Opportunity Recognition I (1-unit): Learn how to identify, evaluate, and developideas that can lead to successful products and services.  Taught by an engineer who's created three new, successful ventures himself!
  • ENGR 173 - Introduction to Business Fundamentals (1-unit): Learn the basics of business operations from an engineer with 40 years of industry experience, to include having been a CEO for several companies here in Silicon Valley.

Extra-curricular events for the Fall Quarter center around the emerging small satellite industry.  Events include:

  • Oct 8:  Intel Embedded Processing Technology Lunch Seminar
  • Oct 8: Quarterly innovation/entrepreneurship challenge kickoff
  • Oct 29:  Tour of the Intel Computer History Museum
  • Oct 30: Lunch with an Entrepreneur, 12-1, Frugal Innovation Lab
  • Week 8: Student Mentoring Reception 
  • Week 9: Movie Night!  The award winning Design and Thinking
  • Week 9: Movie Day!   The award winning Something Ventured
  • Week 9: Entrepreneurship Club engineering social


Congratulations to Recent Winners

NASA SporeSat Mission Patch Challenge:  Students were challenged to develop a mission patch for the NASA SporeSat satellite, which was launched on April 14 on a SpaceX rocket from Cape Canaveral. 

Overall, there were 5 team entries representing the work of 21 students from the two universities.  The overall winners were SCU students Rachel Donohoe, Maza Brady and Allie Sibole.

-----   Getting Involved    -----
Interested in engineering innovation and entrepreneurship? There are many ways you can get involved with SCU's new opportunities for engineers interested in this area.

Join the Club - Join the Santa Clara Entrepreneurs Organization (SCEO), a student club focused on innovation and entrepreneurship. [website]

Get a Mentor - Join us at our next mentoring reception to meet and network with practicing engineers, innovators, and entrepreneurs. The first event for the new academic year will be held in November - Check back here for information and timing once the schedule is set.. 

Enter a Competition - Several student-based competitions in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship are held each year, and others are available to join throughout the Silicon Valley. [information]

Attend a Seminar - Seminars are held throughout the campus with speakers on the forefront of technology innovation, Silicon Valley startups, and technology corporations. 

Take a Class - Expand your horizons by taking a class to hone your business acumen, learn product design techniques, or engineer community based projects. 

Select the Pathway - The Design Thinking Pathway is dedicated to the concepts of innovation and entrepreneurship.  Stay tuned for more information on a new Certificate Program that is under development.

The Design Thinking Pathway - The Most Popular Pathway on Campus! Looking for a Core Curriculum Pathway? Consider taking the Design Thinking Pathway, which focuses on on a) technical innovation, b) design processes that allow innovation to be incorporated into products/services/systems that solve a customer need, c) enterprise strategies for harnessing the value and ensuring the sustainability of innovative products, and d) social aspects regarding the value and impact of innovation on the world.  Contact Dr. Ruth Davis or Dr. Kitts for additional information.
Joint KEEN Projects - As part of a new initiative with collaborating universities in the KEEN network, SCU students are now working with students in collaborating universities that are part of the KEEN network, developing exciting, real world engineering systems and operating them in entrepreneurial ways.  This model of education was recently highlighted by the National Academy of Engineering. 

Consider joining this effort effort.  Ongoing projects include the professional operation of NASA and industry spacecraft and the development of professional field-grade marine robotic systems.  A new effort involving UAVs/drones is starting up now.

Collaborating institutions include St. Louis University, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Union College, Bucknell University, Ohio Northern University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Baylor University, Mercer University, and other universities across the country.  

To get involved, contact Dr. Kitts.

KEEN - Many of our Innovation and Entrepreneurship initiatives are supported through our involvement with  KEEN - Kern Engineering Entrepreneurship Network.  
KEEN concentrates on curricular enhancements to the undergraduate educational program and on co-curricular and extra-curricular activities that foster the spirit of innovation and the entrepreneurial mindset within the School and across our campus. KEEN is sponsored by the Kern Family Foundation and includes partner universities across the country.