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, November 19, 6 pm - 7:30 pm
Frugal Lab, Third Floor of Guadalupe Hall, Santa Clara University
RSVP to Ann - amahacek @
Join us for food and fun - and practice your networking skills!
Joins us for our Fall Quarter 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/Entrepreneurial Thinking Challenge - The Auro Robotics Driverless Shuttle Challenge.   

Given that we'll be serving dinner, please RSVP to Anne Mahacek at by Monday, November 16. 

Directions: Guadalupe Hall is located OFF CAMPUS, just across the El Camino from the Leavey Center (the basketball stadium) and the Locatelli Student Activity Center.  The address is 455 El Camino Real. Parking is free and adjacent to the building.  Take the elevators to the 3rd floor and turn right. 

Auro Robotics is our Industry Partner for Fall
Auro Robotics is our industry partner for Fall quarter extracurricular activities.  Auro is a new local startup developing driverless shuttle technology for "last mile" transportation opportunities on university campuses, in office parks, in retirement communities, and so on.  Auro is demonstrating their shuttles on the SCU campus this Fall.  Join us for these activities:
Srinivas Reddy, co-founder and product lead for Auro Robotics, demonstrates his company’s driverless shuttle in front of the Mission Church at the
  • Wednesday Oct 14 through Friday Nov 13:  Our $1,000 Grand Prize Entrepreneurial Thinking Design Challenge, in which teams of students will develop the concept for a new element of the Auro shuttle system.  If enough students enter, the Grand Prize will be raised to $1,500!  Deadline to enter is Oct 30.
  • Wednesday Oct 14: Technical Seminar - learn about Auro's driverless technology and see the shuttle in action.  RSVP to Anne Mahacek at amahacek @
  • Wednesday Nov 4: Lunch with an Entrepreneur: The Auro team will share the lessons they've learned as the leaders of a new Silicon Valley startup. RSVP to Anne Mahacek at amahacek @
  • Thursday Nov 19: Mentoring Reception: Auro engineers as well as engineers from throughout the Valley will join SCU students for an informal dinner and mentoring reception.  The Grand Prize winning team in the Entrepreneurial Thinking Design Challenge will be announced! RSVP to Anne Mahacek at amahacek @

Win $1,000.... or More! Compete in the Auro Robotics Challenge: This quarter, Auro Robotics is challenging students to propose and validate a new passenger interface for elderly riders of their driverless shuttles - the same shuttles that are being demonstrated on the SCU campus this Fall.  Enter the challenge and achieve fame and fortune!!!

Maker Lab Training: Join the more than 600 students, staff and faculty who have been trained to use the Maker Lab.  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.