An Entrepreneurial Approach to Green Engineering

University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign, 2007 - $14,500

This grant seeks to introduce engineering students to global environmental issues in the context of applying entrepreneurial principles and market forces towards solutions. Students will actively engage in the examination of a critical environmental issue in their particular engineering discipline and explore solutions that make sense in a free enterprise business framework. The hope behind this proposal is that the course can help to change the prevailing notion that entrepreneurship is inherently in conflict with the over consumption of goods and natural resources.

The course itself will be offered as part of the university's undergraduate certificate in Technology Commercialization. It is expected that course projects will have an emphasis on bio-fuels and resource management.