Innovation Certificate

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2011 - $41,000

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has a set of courses that encourage engineers to become more innovative and to generate ideas that have the potential to be breakthrough new products. This grant supports the molding of those courses into a coherent whole, called the Illinois Innovation Certificate. The program is a 21-hour certificate with substantial co-curricular engagement in problem finding, problem understanding and inventing potential solutions to the problems. The initial goal is to have fifteen students accepted into the program in fall 2012, with twenty-five per year accepted in each subsequent year. The ultimate goal is to move from a certificate program to an established minor.