Innovation and Entrepreneurship
A state of mind.
Thinking like an entrepreneur isn't limited only to people who create their own Silicon Valley startup. Being entrepreneurial is a state of mind. For engineers, it means not just focusing on the technology we love, but discovering how to harness the power of that technology to solve real problems for real people, to imaginatively identify new opportunities to create value, and to do it in a way that is financially and logistically sustainable.
Whether you want to work for a large company, as part of a social enterprise, or even in a start-up, being entrepreneurial is critical to helping your organization prosper and serve the world. At Santa Clara University, we help you learn to think innovatively and develop your own entrepreneurial capabilities. We have lots of opportunities for you—from programs and courses, to project-based experiences, to extra-curricular activities.
ENGR 171 - Smart Product Design
ENGR 172 - Applied Entrepreneurship
ENGR 173 - Intro to Business Fundamentals
ENGR 174 - Financial Decision-Making
ENGR 175 - Introduction to Business Model
ENGR 176 - Marketing Strategy
ENGR 177 - Culture of Innovation
ENGR 178 - IP for Engineers
Check out SCU Course Avail for current course offerings.
SCU students work with peers in collaborating universities within the KEEN network, developing exciting, real-world engineering systems and operating them in entrepreneurial ways—a model of education that was lauded by the National Academy of Engineering. Ongoing projects include professional operation of NASA and industry spacecraft and development of professional field-grade marine robotic systems and UAVs/drones.
Collaborating institutions include St. Louis University, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Union College, Bucknell University, Ohio Northern University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Baylor University, Mercer University, and other universities across the country.
Pathways supplement the undergraduate core curriculum and allow students to choose a theme that interests them. The Design Thinking Pathway is the most popular on campus. It focuses on these four areas:
- technical innovation
- design processes that allow innovation to be incorporated into products/services/systems that solve a customer need
- enterprise strategies for harnessing the value and ensuring the sustainability of innovative products
- social aspects regarding the value and impact of innovation on the world
Industry seminars and tours, entrepreneurial design challenges, Lunch with an Entrepreneur events, and an industry mentoring reception are some of the activities that take place each quarter. You'll meet engineers from many walks of life—seasoned veterans from neighboring Silicon Valley tech firms (think Intel, nVIDIA, NASA), recent graduates who have launched their own start-ups, serial entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs, and intrapreneurs—engineers who promote innovative product development within a corporate environment.