Salt Lake City, Utah
June 20, 2004
June 20, 2004
June 23, 2004
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Engenius Solutions: Creating an Entrepreneurial Revolution at RHIT
Andrew Batta, Aaron Capizzi, Jonathon Fruchte, Ron Zuckerman, and Dan Moore1
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Undergraduate engineering is changing at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology through Engenius Solutions. Funded by a grant from the Lilly Foundation, Engenius Solutions allocates financial and intellectual resources in an effort to help undergraduate engineers think like entrepreneurs as well as engineers in their careers. Project ideas are solicited from students, faculty, staff and the general public for evaluation by Engenius Solutions. Those ideas that meet the specific criteria establish by Engenius Solutions are accepted and the idea is then developed and prototyped by teams composed of undergraduate engineers. Engenius Solutions then provides the necessary resources to assist their clients in commercializing the developed idea. The organization is led by four undergraduate students who are overseen, but not hindered by, a group of six faculty and staff members.
This paper will present an overview of Engenius Solutions including the goals of the program and its organizational structure. A discussion of the objective of the organization, to increase entrepreneurship among undergraduates by allowing students to manage their own company in an effort to allow engineers to become more familiar with business and more comfortable when handling interactions between entrepreneurs and engineers, is included along with multiple aspects of the projects including Intellectual Property protection, business plan development support, market analysis, prototyping, and the design process.
1 Dan Moore is the Associate Dean to the Faculty, the four other authors are the student managers
Batta, A., & Zuckerman, R. (2004, June), Engenius Solutions: Creating An Entrepreneurial Revolution At Rhit Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/13563
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