August 2013

NAE Longhorn Grand Challenges Scholars Program

New Faculty Grants for Innovative Courses and Programs

Recipient Institution: 
University of Texas at Austin
Principal Investigator: 
Christina White
Grant Amount: 
$8,000
Year: 
2013

This planning grant supports the creation of the Longhorn Grand Challenges Scholars Program (GCSP) at UT Austin. GCSP will focus students across campus on the entrepreneurial aspects of solving the National Academy of Engineering’s 21st Century Grand Challenges. Funding will also be used to develop a Grand Challenges-focused incubator and to create a scalable model of entrepreneurship for other university’s GCSPs.

SESAME Student Entrepreneurs Access to Means for Enterprise

New Faculty Grants for Innovative Courses and Programs

Recipient Institution: 
Stony Brook University
Principal Investigator: 
Ann-Marie Scheidt
Grant Amount: 
$8,000
Year: 
2013

This planning grant will support the development of Stony Brook’s first unrestricted Lean LaunchPad course, offered to all students at all levels in fall 2013. The course will serve as the primary base for creating E-Teams and provide a model for connecting student entrepreneurs with an array of support services and resources on campus.

Sustainable Technology Entrepreneurial Training Course

New Faculty Grants for Innovative Courses and Programs

Recipient Institution: 
Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Principal Investigator: 
Cindy Gilbert
Grant Amount: 
$31,800
Year: 
2013

Minneapolis College of Art and Design’s online degree in Sustainable Design engages students from around the world in collaborative teamwork, sustainable product design, and introductory business planning. This grant supports the development of a new entrepreneurship-training course that will help students develop business ventures for early-stage, sustainable product designs. In the fully online, semester-long course students will form E-Teams, develop entrepreneurial skills, and work with experienced mentors.

Interdisciplinary Course in New Product Commercialization

New Faculty Grants for Innovative Courses and Programs

Recipient Institution: 
University of Bridgeport
Principal Investigator: 
Neal Lewis
Grant Amount: 
$30,000
Year: 
2013

 This grant will support students and faculty in refining and institutionalizing an existing course—New Product Commercialization, started with a 2012 NCIIA Planning Grant—that brings together students from engineering, business and design to work on creating new ventures. Teams create new products, develop prototypes, and write business plans. Specifically, this grant will support student teams working in the areas of human health and the environment, giving them access to materials for prototypes, marketing support, software to assist in intellectual property searches, and workshop safety training expenses.

Entrepreneurship Path for Undergraduate Students: Turning Ideas into Companies

New Faculty Grants for Innovative Courses and Programs

Recipient Institution: 
New York Institute of Technology
Principal Investigator: 
Nada Assaf-Anid
Grant Amount: 
$25,350
Year: 
2013

This grant supports NYIT's “Entrepreneurship Path,” a curricular track that includes a new course on entrepreneurship offered to a broad base of undergraduates, plus advanced modules for engineering students who are developing prototypes as part of their capstone projects. It also includes mentoring and guidance by an industry advisor.

Envisioning the Quantified Self: Human-Centered Design for Interactive Health, Wellness and Fitness Technologies

New Faculty Grants for Innovative Courses and Programs

Recipient Institution: 
Art Center College of Design
Principal Investigator: 
Brian Boyl
Grant Amount: 
$16,000
Year: 
2013

The market for self-sensing and self-tracking of the human body and the many variables that affect well-being (the “Quantified Self” movement) is growing rapidly. This grant supports a new course at Art Center College of Design in which students will develop new, wearable, “Quantified Self” technologies. In the new course, teams will produce high-quality deliverables, including storyboards narrating the interaction of the product and the human. The best teams will enter the college’s new Innovation Accelerator program and develop their ideas further.

Launch-in-9

New Faculty Grants for Innovative Courses and Programs

Recipient Institution: 
Portland State University
Principal Investigator: 
Antonie J. Jetter
Grant Amount: 
$21,500
Year: 
2013

This grant supports Launch-in-9, a new venture creation program at Portland State. The program will guide interdisciplinary student teams through a structured nine-month-long process that emphasizes lean start-up thinking, connections to the local entrepreneurial community through mentoring, the granting of academic credit for work related to the E-Team project, and simplified access to funding. The goal of the program is for the start-up companies to quickly secure initial revenue streams, enabling students to use the start-up as their primary source of income after graduation.

Pathways to Medical Innovation at the University of Rochester

New Faculty Grants for Innovative Courses and Programs

Recipient Institution: 
University of Rochester
Principal Investigator: 
Amy Lerner
Grant Amount: 
$37,400
Year: 
2013

 This grant will create more opportunities for University of Rochester biomedical engineering students and faculty to pursue commercialization of their medical device designs. The centerpiece of the effort is a two-course sequence that will introduce students to key issues in regulatory processes and IP protection. After the sequence there will be two options for further participation: a paid summer internship program that will focus on next steps and a new certificate program in Medical Innovation.

Greenhouse Program

New Faculty Grants for Innovative Courses and Programs

Recipient Institution: 
Polytechnic Institute of New York University
Principal Investigator: 
Anne-Laure Fayard
Grant Amount: 
$29,870
Year: 
2013

 This grant supports a set of activities, workshops and events organized by NYU-Poly’s Greenhouse, a collaborative space for ideation with the goal of building awareness of and creating opportunities for student engagement in entrepreneurship. Specific examples of new activities include $500 mini-grants for prototyping, mentoring from NYU-Poly faculty, and networking events.

Revising the Capstone Class in Entrepreneurship

New Faculty Grants for Innovative Courses and Programs

Recipient Institution: 
Wright State University
Principal Investigator: 
Jennie Gallimore
Grant Amount: 
$29,000
Year: 
2013

 This grant will help Wright State faculty revise the capstone class for its Master’s in Engineering, Innovation and Entrepreneurship program to emphasize student-led ventures. Over two semesters, students will identify project ideas and develop commercialization plans for new products. The goal of the course will be to transition the best projects into successful E-Teams.