Integrated Product Design Curriculum

University of California, San Diego, 2012 - $36,500

While UC San Diego has a strong and growing undergraduate engineering program, a missing component is the formation of E-Teams. There is currently no means for students to earn academic credit for their commercially directed entrepreneurship efforts; no specific courses are dedicated to the process.

This grant will help integrate significant E-Team components into UCSD’s existing curriculum and resources. This will be done through the development of a new course, Product Design and Entrepreneurship, in which E-Teams will propose design solutions and perform preliminary business and engineering analyses of their concepts. The teams will then continue to progress through modifications to the existing capstone design courses as well as through mentoring from the UCSD entrepreneurship center and collaborations with MBA students.