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Innovation Engineering for STUDENTS

Innovation Engineering courses are often nicknamed the "Career Accelerator."  With a minor you can walk into any job interview and say with confidence, "I'm a certified Innovation Engineering Black Belt.  Which means I can create, communicate, and commercialize ideas in my field. In fact, in my final class I created and patented a new method for..."

And while that's a great benefit, most students tell us bluntly, "I take Innovation Engineering because I want to do cool stuff that matters!"

Typical on-campus courses include:

Fundamentals of Innovation Engineering - Regardless of one’s field of study, students need to be able to identify problems and generate solutions, communicate these solutions effectively, and test and implement them successfully. Innovation Engineering is a tool set and a system, that incorporates these skills and teaches students how to rapidly innovate and solve everyday problems. This course is designed to provide a complete overview of the Innovation Engineering system. Fundamentals of Innovation Engineering introduces students to core skills from the three core Innovation Engineering courses. (3 credit hours; GenEd: Social Contexts & Institutions, Artistic & Creative Expression; Prerequisites: none) 

CREATE:  Innovation Engineering. The second course in Innovation Engineering will provide a systematic approach to creativity, the foundation for students to understand how to generate innovative ideas in any field. The course gives students the theories behind and practice using tools to generate meaningfully unique ideas. These tools engage creative stimulus, diversity, and mining for technology and economic, social and cultural trends. The course will examine case histories that demonstrate how social and cultural contexts and human institutions have been influenced by innovative individuals who have realized original ideas in practice. (3 credit hours;  GenEd: Social Contexts & Institutions; Prerequisites: Fundamentals of Innovation Engineering)

COMMUNICATE:  Innovation Engineering. Combines elements of several disciplines: the clarity of professional writing, the precision of technical writing, and the expressiveness of creative writing. Attention to narrative power of visual imagery as well as text; emphasis on authentic writing, writing as a method of prototyping, and technology translation. Students learn to communicate the benefit, the uniqueness, and the credibility of a concept. Students work with innovators to explore and translate the benefits of technical and specialized ideas to a target audience. (3 credit hours;  Gen Ed: Demonstrated Writing Competency; Prerequisite: CREATE: Innovation Engineering)

COMMERCIALIZE:  Innovation Engineering.  So you have an exciting idea: how do you quantify its risks and benefits? How can you reduce the unknown quantities in your process of creating and realizing? Students learn to apply principles of the scientific method and design experiments for evaluating ideas and making them real. Students perform rapid test cycles using Fermi estimating, forecasting, and statistical analysis to determine the feasibility, sustainability, or profitability of ideas.  (3 credit hours;  GenEd: Quantitative Literacy; Prerequisite: CREATE: Innovation Engineering, COMMUNICATE:  Innovation Engineering)

SYSTEMS:  Innovation Engineering. In this course, students will learn how to apply the tools and strategies learned in earlier courses into a systemic approach to innovation. Through this process, students will learn to lead systems for building alignment, collaboration, and capacity to generate and implement new ideas in a wide range of organizations. The course will also cover the fundamentals of systems thinking, tools for measuring the performance of a system, and practice developing innovation strategies. (3 credit hours; Prerequisite: CREATE: Innovation Engineering, COMMUNICATE:  Innovation Engineering, COMMERCIALIZE: Innovation Engineering)


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