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Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Innovative thinking and an entrepreneurial mindset are keys to any engineer's success individually and to their contributions to technological and social progress. The Entrepreneur in Residence in the College, who reports directly to the Dean, is charged with working collegially with all faculty, administrators, and students to promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. The College is actively expanding the number of programs and activities to help achieve these goals.

EIE Events & Programs

 

March 8-9, 2019

Friday 5-9pm, Saturday 9am-9pm

A FUN and challenging two-day team-building innovation and business pitch competition!

Free meals, t-shirts and $600 in prize money.

Students from ALL MAJORS welcome - especially FAMU-FSU Engineering Students

Event Information     Register

 

FAMU-FSU Engineering Shark Tank

April 18, 2019

Thursday 7-8:30pm

Engineering Shark Tank encourages and rewards students to think innovatively and entrepreneurially. Having working prototypes is not a requirement but a well-developed design concept is necessary.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: Friday, March 8, 2019.

Event Information     Event Flyer


 

The Entrepreneurial Senior Design (ESD) Option

The goal of the ESD program is to give engineering students the option to propose their own projects or work on projects proposed by Senior Design instructors that not only provide interesting and challenging engineering design problems but also include a focus on developing a product with commercial potential. This entrepreneurial option has grown and been a great success over the past 4 years. For example, this past year 3 of the 4 Senior Design projects receiving awards on 2019 Design Day were entrepreneurial projects:

  • Best Overall: Aquasist-Assistive Device for Paraplegic Scuba Divers
  • Best Innovation in Design: Fiber Reinforced Plastic (FRP) Recycling
  • Best Poster: NewWalk-Improved Design of Mobility Devices

In addition to these engineering design awards, many of the ESD projects have won awards ($’s) in various business pitch competitions. Just a few examples of recent ESD projects are:

  • FRP Recycling (2018-19): InNOLEvation Challenge Most Innovative ($4,000) and Engineering Shark Tank Most Innovative ($600)
  • Aquasist (2018-19): InNOLEvation Challenge Most Viable ($4,000) and Engineering Shark Tank People’s Choice ($400)
  • Emergency Text Radio (2018-19): Engineering Shark Tank Most Impactful ($800) and InNOLEvation Challenge finalist.
  • DriGo-Rain Protection for Wheelchairs (2017-18): InNOLEvation Challenge Best Overall ($10,000)
  • Smart Street Lights (2015-16): Engineering Shark Tank 1st Place ($1,250); InNOLEvation Challenge (Spring 2017) 1st Place ($10,000); represented FSU in ACC Inventure Prize; and won state wide MuniMod competition ($10,000).

Because the costs of ESD projects are paid for with unrestricted funds from the Dean of Engineering’s Office, intellectual property may be owned by the students. Also, funds from the College of Engineering and Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship may pay for patent searches and provisional patents in order to assist teams in taking the next steps to a commercial product.

If you have an idea for an Entrepreneurial Senior Design project send a description to the Senior Design Instructor in your department and to Dr. Mike Devine mdevine@eng.famu.fsu.edu. Include the problem/need, technical idea for solving the problem or meeting the need, important background, why you think it might have commercial value, and other factors to explain/justify your suggestion.

You should also discuss your idea with your Senior Design instructor or other faculty members in your department. For more information contact Dr. Mike Devine at mdevine@fsu.edu or come see him in Engineering A-248B.


 

TECHNOLOGY ENTREPRENEURSHIP & COMMERCIALIZATION (TEC) COURSE

3 Credit Hours: Open to both undergraduate and graduate students
Offered every semester (as long as demand exists)

Although the TEC course is primarily offered to enhance the entrepreneurial skills of students in the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, it is open to advanced undergraduate and graduate students of all disciplines. The course simulates, in an academic environment, the process of creating and analyzing business plans for technology-based products or services. Students will form teams and propose technology-based ideas/opportunities. Each team will then analyze the business potential of the idea, addressing key aspects such as competing technologies, the most appropriate target market, intellectual property protection, and the best business model for financial success. The student teams will present the findings from their project in both a final written report and an oral presentation.

In addition to the team projects, the course will include lectures from guest speakers and class discussions on such topics as entrepreneurship, technology product development, lean startup concepts, patent and copyright law, how to conduct a technology market study, sources of financing for start-up companies, and case studies from successful entrepreneurs.

FacultyDr. Mike Devine, Entrepreneur in Residence and Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, FAMU-FSU College of Engineering.

TextbookTechnology Ventures: From Idea to Enterprise, Byers, Dorf and Nelson, 5th Edition. Textbook website http://techventures.stanford.edu/index.php?option=com_content&view=frontpage&Itemid=1


EIE News


 

ENTREPRENEUR IN RESIDENCE
Dr. Michael D. Devine


Dr. Michael D. Devine

Entrepreneur in Residence & Professor

The Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) in the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering reports to the Dean of Engineering and works collegially with administrators, faculty and students in Engineering and across both the FSU and FAMU campuses. The goal is to promote a culture of entrepreneurship that will enhance engineering students' education and their career options, while also boosting the commercialization of inventions from the college's research. The following are examples of EIR responsibility and activity:

  • Teach a course for engineering students, but open to students from all disciplines, on technology-based entrepreneurship and technology commercialization. The Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization class helps students understand the process of creating and analyzing business plans for new technology-based products or services.
  • Create an Entrepreneurial Option in Engineering Senior Design Projects. The EIR will work with each department to give students the option to select entrepreneurial projects which focus on developing a commercially viable product or process for their Senior Design Project.
  • Organize workshops, seminars and other special events on technology entrepreneurship. These are coordinated and planned with faculty in other academic units across the FSU and FAMU campus.
  • Promote and help organize the participation of engineering students in commercialization/business plan competitions locally, regionally and nationally.
  • Encourage and assist faculty in commercializing their inventions, including helping prepare GAP, SBIR/STTR, etc. grant proposals to boost activity and improve success rates.
  • Lead the effort to establish an engineering technology commercialization lab and business incubator that could be used by faculty and students to develop prototypes of their commercial ideas and serve as incubator for early stage businesses.

 

CONTACT

Dr. Michael D. Devine
2525 Pottsdamer Street
Tallahassee, FL 32310-6046
  (850) 410-6378
  mdevine@eng.famu.fsu.edu