This certificate program is open to Mechanical Engineering and Civil Engineering students only at this time. It enables students to replace one 3-credit technical elective from their flow charts with three 1-credit courses from the list below.
Finance for Engineers
Project Management for Entrepreneurial Engineers
Business Law for Engineers
Strategic Management for Engineers
Marketing for Engineers
Engineering Enterprise 1
Structured Approaches to Innovation
Corporate Entrepreneurship for Engineers
Finance for Engineers - EGE 2201
Entrepreneurial Finance is intended as an introduction to the concepts in and around financing entrepreneurial companies. The purpose of the course is to teach future general managers how to use the financial perspective to make better decisions in entrepreneurial settings. Concepts and material that will be covered include the following: basic principles of financing, stock capitalization, company valuation, equity vs. debt, evaluating financing providers, staged financings, initial public offerings, and others. A combination of teaching and learning techniques will be used. They include lecture/discussion sessions, readings from articles and company prospectus, case studies, and guest lecturers. This course is intended only for undergraduate engineering students.
Prerequisite: Sophomore Standing
Project Management for Entrepreneurial Engineers - EGE 2231
Project Management is a basic course for the entrepreneurial engineer. Basic concepts are project management tools, fundamentals of team building, project risk analysis, tracking, measuring and controlling projects, project closeout, budgets, and business cultural issues. The course concentrates on the information required to identify project participants, goals, objectives, activities, and constraints. Quantitative methods include network diagrams, Gantt charts, CPM scheduling, activity duration compression, project activity optimization, activity analysis, cost and schedule performance indices, and cost estimating. Active learning is utilized with a combination of teaching and learning techniques, including lecture, discussions, readings, case studies, guest lecturers, and hands-on projects. This course is intended for only undergraduate engineering students.
Prerequisite: Sophomore Standing
Business Law for Engineers - EGE 3301
This course provides students with a foundation in business law including types of business formations, sole proprietorships, partnerships, corporations, and Limited Liability Companies. The strategic management of intellectual property assets is introduced, with special emphasis on internal protection and management of these assets. Issues of product liability and ethics are introduced through a mix of classroom lectures, readings, case analyses and projects. This course is intended for only undergraduate engineering students.
Prerequisite: EGE 2211
Strategic Management for Engineers - EGE 3311
This course deals with how top management develops plans to attain outcomes consistent with an organization's mission and goals. Using case studies and a potential corporate venture, students will learn how to establish an organization's mission and develop its goals, analyze opportunities and threats or constraints that exist in the external environment, analyze the organization's strengths and weaknesses, formulate strategies to match the organization's strengths and weaknesses with the environment's opportunities and threats, develop ways to implement strategies and ways to implement control activities to ensure that the organization's goals are attained. This course is intended for only undergraduate engineering students.
Prerequisites: EGE 2211
Marketing for Engineers - EGE 2211
This course provides an introduction to marketing concepts, methods, and practices that are important to modern technical enterprises. As a discipline, marketing is responsible for facilitating the exchange process. This is accomplished through an understanding of the perceptions, preferences, and behaviors exhibited by customers and consumers. That understanding is translated into a complete offering (product/service/features, price, advertising/promotion, and distribution system) consistent with those customer needs, the firm's capabilities, and the competitive environment. This course is intended for only undergraduate engineering students
Engineering Enterprise 1 - EGE 2221
This course is the first course in the Enterprise Work sequence. During this course, students have the opportunity to work in teams on a real-world engineering project. Students will be introduced to basic machine shop operations including safety principles and will have hands-on experience in building and testing. Students are introduced to applications of project management, engineering design, technical communication, and teamwork through working on teams with senior-level students.
Prerequisite: PHY 2413
Structured Approaches to Innovation - EGE 4321
This course will be offered in a classroom format with the ability to be expanded to include hands-on lab work. The course will cover the innovation process and the innovation management process and provide instruction in structured innovation skills and knowledge that will enhance the problem solving capabilities of the students in entrepreneurial or intrapremeurial environments. Topics will include an introduction to systems thinking, the process for structured innovation, working with the tools of structured innovation, inventive principles, evolution of systems, and applying evolutionary patterns.
Corporate Entrepreneurship for Engineers - EGE 3341
This course studies the nature of entrepreneurship and the effective implementation of entrepreneurial strategies in large engineering enterprises. The course focuses on the identification, development, and exploitation of technical and organizational innovations to meet enterprise goals, the management of new product/process developments, and effective new venture management in a corporate context.