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Engineering Entrepreneurship MS Coming To SMU Cox

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The Southern Methodist University – Cox School of Business has recently announced an expansion to their entrepreneurship program with the addition of a master of science in Engineering Entrepreneurship. 

Beginning in fall 2017, the new master’s degree will prepare a new generation of engineers to look at technology through a business lens. The program hopes to inspire students to take on the much needed role of managers and entrepreneurs who can jumpstart new technology ventures.

“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 at SMU.

Students can earn the degree over two semesters, by combining existing courses at the Cox School of Business as well as SMU’s the Lyle School of Engineering. The program will also be centered around the yearlong Technology Commercialization Studio. This project will allow students to explore a new technology and its commercial opportunities, with the chance of developing the technology in one of SMU’s science research or engineering labs.

The Technology Commercialization Studio will require all students in the program to learn the skills required for managing products with high technology content and incubate novel technologies from SMU’s research labs. Students will have the chance to attend lectures from business professionals about the legal aspects of business, ethics, fundraising, intellectual property and other subjects.

“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,” said Associate Dean for Engineering Entrepreneurship at Lyle, Duncan MacFarlane. “We expect the program to encourage the incubation of novel technologies from SMU students and faculty.”

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