Taking Engineering Entrepreneurship to the Next Level with Systems Engineering Entrepreneurship
at Florida Tech

Carmo D’Cruz, Muzzafar A. Shaikh, & Wade Shaw, Florida Institute of Technology

Engineering Entrepreneurship, Engineering Management and Systems Engineering courses offered at Florida Tech have greatly enriched the students’ educational experience, broadened their perspectives, served as community outreach forums, and integrated experiential learning with academic programs. Seeded by NCIIA grants, courses in systems engineering entrepreneurship, technical marketing, high tech product strategy and technology commercialization strategies are offered successively over four semesters. As part of course requirements, students work in E-Teams to commercialize innovative products or university/research lab-developed technologies. The E-Teams seek funding by completing NCIIA E-Team proposals or SBIR/STTR proposals and presenting business plans at investor-attended colloquiums. The Engineering Entrepreneur in the Spotlight seminar series is another innovative facet of the program. By drawing parallels between systems engineering principles and engineering entrepreneurship processes, a unique Systems Engineering Entrepreneurship program is being pioneered at Florida Tech.

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