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Experiential Entrepreneurship Activities Enhance Florida Tech's Engineering Management Graduate Program

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2007 Annual Conference & Exposition


Honolulu, Hawaii

Publication Date

June 24, 2007

Start Date

June 24, 2007

End Date

June 27, 2007



Conference Session

EMD Program Design

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Engineering Management

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Page Numbers

12.717.1 - 12.717.13



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Carmo D'Cruz Florida Tech

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Dr. Carmo D'Cruz is Associate Professor of Engineering Enttrepreneurship in the Department of Engineering Systems at Florida Tech. He has over 20 years of industrial experience at Bell Labs,Advanced Micro Devices, Hitachi Semiconductor, RF Monolithics, Harris Semiconductor, Tantivy Communications and Chip Supply Inc. in addition to teaching experience in the Business and Engineering Schools at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.

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Muzaffar Shaikh Florida Tech

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Dr. Muzaffar Shaikh is the head of the Department of Engineering Systems at Florida Tech. He spent 19 years in industry, before he joined Florida Tech in the School of Management. He has also served as Associate Dean in the Florida Tech School of Management. He has a PhD in Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana Campaign.

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Wade Shaw Florida Tech

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Dr. Wade Shaw is Professor in the Department of Engineering Systems in the College of Engineering at Florida Tech. He is a fellow of the IEEE and a Past President of the IEEE Engineering Management Society. He has his BSEE, MSEE and PhD in Engineering Management from Clemson University.

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Experiential Entrepreneurship Activities Enhance Florida Tech’s Engineering Management Program

Carmo D’Cruz, Muzaffar Shaikh, Wade Shaw Florida Tech, Melbourne, Florida 32901


Four courses that form the Innovative Systems Engineering Entrepreneurship Course series in The Engineering Management Program at Florida Tech – Systems Engineering Entrepreneurship, Technical Marketing, High Tech Product Strategy and Technology Commercialization Strategies have seen increasing enrollment at Florida Tech, due to the increasing job opportunities and exposure to the community that the students get as a result of the experiential activities offered by these courses. These experiential activities include the monthly “Engineering Entrepreneur in the Spotlight” seminar series – where promising engineers-turned- entrepreneurs visit Florida Tech and share their experiences; the judging of the Brevard School Science Fair Projects for their commercialization value; collaborating with the city, government and private organizations in the community to commercialize innovative student-developed technologies; etc. Students work in E-Teams on their entrepreneurial class projects and write NCIIA/SBIR grant proposals for funding and also present at the regional/state-level Business Plan Competitions. They are also members of the Florida Tech Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Club and they participate in local and national SIFE competitions. All these activities give the Engineering Management students enough exposure in the community so that they are often recruited out of class to work on critical projects in the industry. In this paper the various attributes of this holistic entrepreneurship program are discussed and highlighted. .


While meeting the increasing demand for holistic, interdisciplinary education, innovative courses offered by Florida Tech’s Department of Engineering Systems have greatly enriched the students’ educational experience, broadened their perspectives, served as community outreach/ networking forums and integrated experiential learning with academic programs.

This paper describes a pioneering, innovative new course in Systems Engineering Entrepreneurship that is dove-tailed into three existing courses in Technical Marketing, High Tech Product Strategy and Technology Commercialization Strategies1 to complete a course series and proposed certificate program in Systems Engineering Entrepreneurship. The Systems Engineering Entrepreneurship course which has received excellent reviews from students, is being taught for a second successive semester at Florida Tech. This course is uniquely designed to leverage proven Systems Engineering principles, tools and practices that parallel entrepreneurship concepts and steps for high tech entrepreneurial success such as Requirements

D'Cruz, C., & Shaikh, M., & Shaw, W. (2007, June), Experiential Entrepreneurship Activities Enhance Florida Tech's Engineering Management Graduate Program Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--2233

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