Skip to main content
Frugal Innovation Hub


Engineering Students: Undergraduate and Graduate

If you are an undergraduate or graduate interested in using your knowledge for social change while engaging in real world experience, then you are in the right place (even if you're not in engineering).

Join a student project team, earn a certificate in Frugal Innovation, study Frugal Innovation abroad, do research, attend Frugal Innovation Gatherings (FIGs), apply for fellowships, and more!


Undergraduate or graduate students needing ideas for a Senior Design Project or interested in working on a project team with a real client (requires some more sweat, but hopefully no tears), then please click here: Join a Student Team or contact us directly.

Specialization opportunities in Frugal Innovation

"I think frugality drives innovation, just like other constraints do. One of the only ways to get out of a tight box is to invent your way out."

(Jeff Bezos, American technology and retail entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist. Founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of

Frugal Innovation is a frame of mind used all around the world and across industries due to its capability to see resource constraints not as an obstacle, but as an opportunity.  If you are interested in specializing in this fast-growing frame of mind, we offer you two academic options:  

Graduate Engineering Exchange Program in Frugal Innovation

If an exchange program in Germany with business oriented classes and a “hands-on approach” to Frugal Innovation, taught by awesome professors with vast expertise in product planning and design for Frugal Innovation sounds right for you, then check out our Graduate Engineering Exchange Program in Frugal Innovation.

Click here to check out other academic opportunities in Frugal Innovation!

Contact Us


Santa Clara University
School of Engineering
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053

Sobrato Discovery, Bldg. 402
Research Lab No. - 4021

(408) 554-2334

Check out all our most recent news!