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Systems Engineering Entrepreneurship Takes Engineering Management Education To The Next Level

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2006 Annual Conference & Exposition


Chicago, Illinois

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June 18, 2006

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June 18, 2006

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June 21, 2006



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Examining the Synergy between Eng'g Mgmt & Sys Eng

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Engineering Management

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11.1189.1 - 11.1189.13



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Wade Shaw Florida Tech

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Dr. Wade H. Shaw, P.E. is Professor of Engineering Systems in the Department of Engineering Systems at Florida Tech. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and in 2000 was awarded a Millennium Medal for his contributions to the field of engineering management. He is currently an Editor in Chief of the IEEE Engineering Management Review.

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Muzaffar Shaikh Florida Tech

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Dr. Muzaffar A. Shaikh is Professor and Head of the Department of Engineering Systems at Florida Tech. Dr. Shaikh spent nearly nineteen years in industry, before he joined Florida Tech in 1987. Dr. Shaikh is an associate editor of the INCOSE System Engineering Journal and the North American editor of the Business Process Management Journal.

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Carmo D'Cruz Florida Tech

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Systems Engineering Entrepreneurship Takes Engineering Management Education To The Next Level

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


Engineering Entrepreneurship, Engineering Management and Systems Engineering courses offered by the Department of Engineering Systems at Florida Tech have greatly enriched the students’ educational experience, broadened their perspectives, served as community outreach forums and integrated experiential learning with academic programs. Students work in E-teams and write NCIIA proposals to commercialize innovative product or university/research lab developed technology.

This paper describes a unique course series in Systems Engineering (SE) Entrepreneurship. Innovation in product/service design and commercialization that enables entrepreneurship can be successfully leveraged by applying SE principles/ techniques which parallel entrepreneurship steps such as Customer Requirements Engineering and opportunity recognition; Project/Quality Engineering, Decision/Risk Analysis, Systems Modeling, Engineering Economics and business planning, Systems Integration and business plan development, Systems Launch considerations and product/business launch, etc. Concepts in strategy, team dynamics, and finance are integrated into these courses focusing on Engineering Entrepreneurship. A unique “SE Entrepreneurship” program is being pioneered at Florida Tech.


The emerging facts from successful organizations, including universities, indicate that the real source of power in a knowledge economy is in combining technical prowess with entrepreneurship.1 A survey of business executives and managers indicated that highly successful engineers are not only academically astute, but also possess entrepreneurial skills.2 The Engineers of 2020 will need to be educated as innovators, with more direct exposure to cross- disciplinary topics and the workings of an entrepreneurial economy.3 However, engineering schools have been slow to incorporate entrepreneurship courses into the technical programs.

A common complaint heard from most high tech entrepreneurs is that their entrepreneurial projects always take more than 2X the time, 2X the money and 2X the resources than what they planned for at the outset.4 It has been observed that most successful high tech and serial entrepreneurs have a systems engineering approach to their entrepreneurial ventures.5 The economy in which the Engineers of 2020 will work will be strongly influenced by the global marketplace for engineering services and a growing need for interdisciplinary and system-based approaches.6 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

Shaw, W., & Shaikh, M., & D'Cruz, C. (2006, June), Systems Engineering Entrepreneurship Takes Engineering Management Education To The Next Level Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--496

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