- Do You Think 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 - 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.
Lunch with an Entrepreneur - Wed,
April 24, 12:00-1:00 - RSVP!
- Join us for our Lunch with an Entrepreneur
event with guest speaker Greg Defouw. RSVP required by
Tuesday April 23 to amahacek @ scu.edu. The event will be
held in the Frugal Lab Multipurpose Room in Rm 404, Bannan
- Greg Defouw is an experienced entrepreneur
who has been a part of a number of early stage companies.
While in graduate school at Stanford University, he and his
advisor decided to leave to start a company building miniature
computers. Greg's journey in this endeavor took a
surprising and unfortunate turn. Since then, Greg has
continued to help and advise small businesses in a number of
interesting and valuable ways. In this talk, Greg will
share some of his experiences, lessons learned, and most of all
an enthusiasm for launching companies. And speaking of
"launching," Greg is currently the lead software
engineer on a NASA Ames small spacecraft development team that
will launch a science satellite later this year - and this
satellite will be controlled by Santa Clara students!
Design Challenge: "Space - The Value
Proposition." With our partner - NASA!
- Your challenge - if you choose to accept it
- is to create a 1 minute YouTube video that concisely states
the "value proposition" of space, that highlights the
exciting developments in the rapidly evolving commercial space
market, and that expresses what YOU believe NASA's future role
in space should be.
- Complete details on this competition as
well as ongoing announcements regarding the program are HERE.
Teams will have about a month to create their entry.
NASA Events - please RSVP!
- - Lunchtime Talk - Wednesday May 1,
12-1 pm: "Space Commercialization," by Dr. Dan
Rasky and Bruce Pittman, NASA Ames Research Center. Lunch
included - RSVP to amahacek @ scu.edu
- - NASA Ames Tour - Wednesday May 8,
1:30 - 3:00 pm: See some of the featured
facilities at NASA Ames Research Center to include the arcjet
facility, the "hyperwall", and the Future Flight
Central testbed. This opportunity
is limited to 20 people, and all attendees must be US citizens
or green card holders. You must RSVP to amahacek @ scu.edu.
- - Evening reception and presentation
- Thursday May 16, 5 - 6:30, Frugal Lab: Join us as personnel
from NASA Johnson Space Center present the NASA ORION
program. Refreshments included. RSVP to amahacek @
- - Mentoring dinner - Wednesday May
22, 6 - 7:30, Nobili Dining Room: Join us for an end-of-year mentoring
reception with engineers and scientists from NASA and other
local aerospace companies. RSVP to amahacek @ scu.edu
Spring 2013 Innovation &
||Maker Lab Training Classes - contact amahacek @
||SCEO Alumni Social, April 19
|Week 4, Wed April 24
||Lunch with an Entrepreneur, Greg Defouw, Defouw
Engineering - RSVP to amahacek @ scu.edu
||SCEO Business Plan Competition - details HERE
||$2,000 Design Competition with partner NASA Ames
||Seminar: The Revolution in Commercial Space, Dr.
Dan Rasky, NASA Office of Space Commercialization
||Tour: NASA Ames Research Center with tour stops
to include the giant wind tunnel, the Future Flight center,
and the astronaut training centrifuge
||Presentation: The NASA ORION program, presented
by personnel from NASA Johnson Space Center
||Entrepreneurship Bootcamp: The Santa Clara
Coffee Company - A Lesson in Accounting & Finance, Dr. Al
Bruno, Leavey School of Business
||Mentoring Reception, KEEN innovation project lab
in SCU/RSL Building 554, NASA Research Park
To Recent Competition Winners! Our
congratulations to the student winners of several of our recent
innovation and entrepreneurship challenges:
- Elevator Pitch Competition:
Engineering students took first and second place in the Santa
Clara Entrepreneurship Organization student club's elevator
pitch competition in February. Thomas Fairman placed first
with an iPhone app that integrates music and fitness in a new
way. Robert Ross took second place with an arduino controlled
robot desk toy with customizable behaviors.
- E-Week Scavenger Hunt:
Students Kendra Lane, Jenpop Allport and Mey-Ling Leon beat 7
other teams to win the SCU Innovation Scavenger hunt during
E-Week. This event required students to learn about the
heritage of innovation and entrepreneurship at SCU and to locate
relevant locations on campus.
- $2,000 Maker SWAG Challenge:
The student team of Erin Hicks, Killian Poroe, Jenpop Allport
and Landon Calannio edged out 5 other teams to win the Maker
SWAG Challenge. This team created beautiful 6 inch rulers
to commemorate the School's Centennial. Their work was so
good that the School ordered 300 units, and the team came
through by delivering them on time and under budget! The
runner ups created a wonderful puzzle set of 4 coasters, each
with a photograph of a historic event in SCU engineering
$1,000 Business Plan
Competition - SCU's
entrepreneurship club, SCEO, is holding their annual business plan
competition during the evening of April 25. Top prize is $1,000, and
it is easy to enter. See details HERE.
Sessions - 130+ Students/Staff/Faculty Trained So Far! Spring
quarter Maker Lab training sessions have begun. There are several types of training courses, each
relevant to the use of specific Lab equipment. The Basic Training
class is the first class to take, and it is a prerequisite for all other
training courses. Space is limited for each session; a minimum of 3
students per training session is required or the session may be
cancelled. STUDENT SHOULD BRING THEIR
PHOTO ID TO THE TRAINING SESSIONS. To enroll, contact Anne Mahacek at
amahacek @ scu.edu.
You can join the SCU Maker Lab Community Group on
Camino. Lab announcements, training session times, open lab hour
times and other information regarding the Maker lab are posted at this
location. To join, log into Camino, select "Find a Group"
from the Community Groups window on your home page, search
"Maker" and then select "Enroll" next to SCU Maker
Lab. The SCU Maker Lab group should now appear in your Community
Groups window on your home page. Log in frequently to keep up with
Tour - Liquid Robotics
dozen students attended the Fall quarter industry tour at local
robotics start-up Liquid Robotics. SCU alums Will Anderson and
Matt Ambauen, who both currently work at this company, hosted the
SCU contingent. Students toured the production facility and
the operations room, and they also heard presentations on the
companies business model and initiatives.
with an Entrepreneur:
to entrepreneur Dante Zavier for a great lunch talk in which he
discussed his work with three local engineering start-ups.
Last Fall, local entrepreneur Shane Rogers talked about his three
start-ups, one of which is a social venture. Shane has
graciously shared his slides
from his presentation. This Spring, local engineering
entrepreneur Greg Defouw will talk about his experiences in
industry, with NASA, and with his own start-up ventures.
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
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
Design Thinking Pathway - The Most Popular Pathway on
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
As part of a new initiative
with collaborating universities in the KEEN network, SCU students
are now jointly developing and operating several engineering systems
with students at St. Louis University, Milwaukee School of
Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Baylor University, and
other universities across the country.
The first project, conducted in cooperation
with NASA and NOAA, involves the development of a fleet of robotic
kayaks to perform advanced sensing of the marine environment. The second project involves the operation of
communication stations that are being used to support the on-orbit
control of the NASA O/OREOS spacecraft.
To get involved, contact Dr. Kitts.
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
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