In the Classroom
Our academic departments realize the importance of cultivating an entrepreneurial mindset among engineers. The value of solving problems using applied science cannot be realized until these solutions are brought to market. Because of this, Columbia Engineering has brought entrepreneurship into the classroom and the laboratory, where theory and application meet business, production, scaling, and more in order to truly make meaningful improvements in the world.
NEW COURSE OFFERING! Introduction to Human-Centered Design with Design Guru Harry West
We are thrilled to have Harry here on campus this fall!
Have you heard of the Swiffer for cleaning floors? That product would not exist without Harry. How about the slick dashboard interface in the BMW? That bears Harry’s mark as well, as do many popular and successful products around the world – and all are based on the method of Human-Centered Design.
Join the class for a fast-paced, interactive introduction. Gain insights that will give you an edge over others who have not yet caught on to the importance of Human-Centered Design.
Human-Centered Design is an approach that puts the customer, consumer, citizen or employee at the center of the process and designs around them rather than asking human beings to adapt to technological, process, tradition or other constraints. By putting the customer at the center of the enterprise, you establish a shared meaning that brings teams together and guides their work. Human-centered design teams develop better products and services which are more likely to succeed. In this course, students will learn the vocabulary of design methods and gain an understanding of design processes. The class will be organized around small group projects that will involve writing, sketching,and creating simple prototypes using cardboard and other material, and students’ personal computers. The course will be a fast-paced introduction: you will not become an expert, but you will gain insights into the concept of human centered design. We will begin with the design of a simple product and work our way towards the design of more complex systems of products and services, and then on to the design of a business.
Students must apply for entry into the course by 5 PM on September 22th. The course begins on October 27th and continues for 6 Fridays until December 8, 2017, with a break during the week of November 24th for Thanksgiving. For more information, check the syllabus.
Research to Revenue. A joint course (ENGI 4100), is being offered between SEAS and Columbia Business School. This course is centered around startups with intellectual property and will specifically cater to teams of engineering (advanced undergraduate and graduate) and MBA students. This course will be taught by Olivier Toubia (Glaubinger Professor of Business at Columbia Business School) and Sam Sia (Co-Director of SEAS Entrepreneurship Programs, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Founder of Harlem Biospace).
Entrepreneurship Minor. This 15-credit interdisciplinary minor, which combines Columbia Engineering and Business School courses, is offered to Columbia Engineering students interested in creating and developing new technologies and associated business ventures. Click here to see the curriculum. Please direct any questions about the minor to Carmen Ng.
Lean LaunchPad. LLP is a week-long intensive course that provides real world hand-on experience with starting a high-tech company. In this week, students go far beyond writing a business plan. This class is essentially a lab, taught by Steve Blank and Bob Dorf, that aims to create an entrepreneurial experience with all of the pressures and demands of the real world in an early stage startup. Students work in teams and use agile development to build something customers would actually use and buy. This course has a limited number of seats for undergraduate students, who must apply and be selected to participate.