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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.
Knightscope $2,000 MultiRobot Challenge - Winter 2016
Knightscope, a local security robotics startup,is our industry partner for Winter quarter extracurricular activities.  Knightscope Chairman Bill Li presented a technical seminar on Jan 21, describing Knightscope's market, technology and service offerings.  At that time we also kicked of our QUARTERLY ENTREPRENEURIAL THINKING CHALLENGE, which challenges students to develop an idea for a security service that exploits multiple Knightscope service robots.  Knightscope will be back for a Lunch with an Entrepreneur talk in early Feb and for our Mentoring reception at the end of the quarter.
Poster
Design & Thinking Movie 
Thurs, Feb 4, 12 Noon - 1:30 pm 
Frugal Lab, 3rd Floor Guadalupe Hall
 
Are you interested in Design Thinking?  Are you in the Design Thinking Pathway?  Do you still need to write your Design Thinking Pathway essay?  If any or all of these are true, please join us at noon on Thursday Feb 4 for a debut showing of the documentary Design & Thinking.  This is an award-winning documentary that lasts about 75 minutes.
 
Space is limited, and we're buying lunch for everyone, so PLEASE RSVP to Anne at amahacek @ scu.edu by noon on Feb 2..

 

Maker Lab Training 

Join the more than 300 students, staff and faculty who have been trained this year alone to use the Maker Lab.  The Lab is open for your to create new things for use in courses, for projects, or even for your own personal use.  We have 3D printers, laser cutters, hand tools, and more!  

Information on the lab, equipment and training can be found HERE.

 
-----   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.