College of Engineering
The intent of this course is to foster and expand entrepreneurial concepts by utilizing all of the student’s educational and professional experience. The product development cycle focuses on teamwork, effective problem solving, and leadership skills. First, the class brainstorms several product ideas and a selection process is used to determine which ideas will progress to products. Then working in student-selected teams, a patent search is done to see if the product idea is novel, and a market study is performed on the selected product idea. The team will then design, engineer, test, and construct a working product based on their market feedback information. This product is the corner stone to starting a company that will have a realistic time table and target ROI. Several oral presentation and work outside of the classroom are required. Video recording of the final presentation and product demonstration is done and several industrial advisory board members may be present as a panel to assess the student presentation and product.