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Graduate Certificate In Technology Entrepreneurship: New Business Opportunities For Engineers, Scientists, And Business Students

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2009 Annual Conference & Exposition


Austin, Texas

Publication Date

June 14, 2009

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June 14, 2009

End Date

June 17, 2009



Conference Session

Entrepreneurship Education: Crossdisciplinary Programs

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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation

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14.653.1 - 14.653.15



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Jorge delosRios-Hurtado Texas Tech

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Jorge delosRios-Hurtado is a second-year student in the M.S program in Systems and Engineering Management at Texas Tech University. He received his B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Lima in Peru. His research interests include engineering and technological entrepreneurship and management. He has two years of work experience in production areas in both pharmaceutical and dairy and food companies. He has also had an internship in a well-known Peruvian oil company that has a joint venture with Oiltanking, one of the world’s leading independent storage partners for oils, chemicals, and gases.

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David Wyrick Texas Tech

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David A. Wyrick, Ph.D., P.E., is Professor and Bryan Pearce Bagley Regents Chair of Engineering at Texas Tech University. His research interests include effective management of technology, small and medium enterprises, and entrepreneurial engineering. He teaches courses in engineering entrepreneurship, decision theory, and innovation and intellectual property. Prior to coming to TTU, he was professor and head of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Minnesota Duluth. He serves on the board of directors for the American Society for Engineering Management.

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Graduate Certificate in Technology Entrepreneurship: New Business Opportunities for Engineers, Scientists, and Business Students Abstract

This paper describes the design of an Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Technology Entrepreneurship at Texas Tech University (TTU). This graduate certificate was designed for students who would like to develop a cross-disciplinary perspective in technology using both engineering and business skills. We based this certificate on a previous Undergraduate Certificate in Technology Entrepreneurship that is jointly delivered by the Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering and the Rawls College of Business Administration. We believe that a Graduate Certificate in Technology Entrepreneurship is the logic next level needed to promote entrepreneurial spirit. We analyzed all graduate courses offered from the colleges of Architecture, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, and Business and designed a 12 credit-hour graduate certificate. These courses provide tools, objectives, case studies, strategies, and business plan developments, so every willing student can apply them to develop new opportunities at any entrepreneurial level. This study introduces a cross-campus certificate model that utilizes an interdisciplinary approach to education and will prepare TTU students to succeed in technology-driven industries.


The value of goods and services that new and small businesses in the United States produce and the new jobs they generate make this sector one of the greatest economic powers in the world, accounting for millions of dollars of commerce annually. Nowadays, it seems that the economic deceleration that affecting the whole world is also affecting small businesses. It is essential for all Americans to continue generating new ideas and opportunities in order to generate new ventures. The Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering and the Rawls College of Business Administration realized that TTU students needed to understand and learn about what entrepreneurship is all about.

For this reason, since 2006 these two colleges have been working together to develop mechanisms for both undergraduate and graduate students to learn core entrepreneurship principles. They developed a dual Business/Engineering undergraduate Certificate in Technology Entrepreneurship1. This Certificate (coupled with a B.S. in Engineering or a Bachelor of Business Administration) was based on three courses requiring a total of 9 credit hours, as shown below.

delosRios-Hurtado, J., & Wyrick, D. (2009, June), Graduate Certificate In Technology Entrepreneurship: New Business Opportunities For Engineers, Scientists, And Business Students Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--4896

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