The demand for managers and entrepreneurs to lead new tech ventures is expected to continue to grow in the coming years, and Southern Methodist University is preparing to help fill the need with its new master’s degree in Engineering Entrepreneurship.
“The master’s in Engineering Entrepreneurship will focus on shaping a small cohort of elite students, providing them the skills and experiences to have impact in the competitive world of high-tech startups,” said Marc Christensen, dean of the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering, in a release from SMU.
Candidates are required to hold a bachelor’s degree in engineering, although some outstanding candidates from other STEM fields will be considered for admission.
Only 12 candidates will be accepted into the program initially, with plans to grow to 16 annually.The program will be directed by Duncan MacFarlane, associate dean for Engineering Entrepreneurship in the Lyle School, along with Associate Directors Jerry White and Simon Mak of the Linda and Kenneth R. Morris Endowed Director of the Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship in the Edwin L. Cox School of Business.
“We are looking for smart, confident engineers who want to understand the role of new technology in society from a business perspective.”
“We are looking for smart, confident engineers who want to understand the role of new technology in society from a business perspective, and who can lead and manage engineering projects that commercialize that technology,” MacFarlane said, in a release.
“We expect the program to encourage the incubation of novel technologies from SMU students and faculty.”
TECHNOLOGY COMMERCIALIZATION STUDIO
All students in the program will be required to participate in a group project in the Technology Commercialization Studio. The group project will be focused on management of high-tech content and encourage the incubation of novel technologies from students and from SMU’s research laboratories.
There will also be C-Level mentors from small and medium-sized engineering firms, as well as venture capital firms. The program will draw from existing courses in the Lyle and Cox schools and are scheduled to begin this fall.
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