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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 - 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.
Nike+ Sport Sensor Prototyping Challenge - There's still time to register your team for the Prototyping version of the Nike+ Sport Sensor Challenge!  The original deadline was Nov 22, but student teams from other universities are still signing up, so you can too!  Go HERE for details.
 
Congratulations to the $1,500 Winners -  Congratulations to Team Safetracks, the $1,500 grand prize winner in the Nike+ Sport Sensor Storyboard competition.  The team's concept involved monitoring skiers and automatically calling for help after a fall if the skier is then unresponsive.  A $250 Honorable Mention prize was awarded to a second group that proposed to integrate the sensors into a headband that would monitor athletes for concussions.  More than 80 students in 19 teams entered the competition; 11 teams with more than 50 students ultimately wound up submitting a video.  

 Nike+ Sport Technology Product Opportunity Competition

NEW COURSES

Nearly 100 students took part in our new Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship courses last year. These offerings will be expanded this year, and several are 1-unit classes offered in a non-traditional manner, allowing you easily fit them into your schedule.  Upcoming courses to be offered in the Winter quarter include:

ENGR 171 - Product Opportunity Assessment: Learn how to identify and explore innovative concepts and to develop them into winning products and services.

ENGR 173 - Introduction to Business Fundamentals: 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.

 

Maker Lab Training: Join the more than 200 students, staff and faculty who have been trained to use the Maker Lab.  Information on the lab, equipment and training can be found HERE.
 
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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 jointly developing and operating several engineering systems with students at St. Louis University, Milwaukee School of Engineering, 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 Entrepreneurship Education 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.
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