Conference Dates

January 12-16, 2003


This paper describes a new Engineering Entrepreneurial Program at Lawrence Technological University. LTU’s Engineering Entrepreneurial Program is integrated into its undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree. This program is designed to prepare students to be business leaders and entrepreneurs as well as engineers. The program includes a total of 17 entrepreneurial semester credits integrated throughout the civil, computer, mechanical, and electrical engineering curriculum. These one unit modules include topics such as: technical communication, writing a business plan, marketing technical products, financing the emerging enterprise, strategic planning, project management, business law, intellectual property, and starting new ventures. Industry experts and entrepreneurs in the Detroit area teach these non-traditional modules providing undergraduate engineering students direct exposure to practitioners. The culmination of the program is a multi-disciplinary practical experience in which they participate in a student run company including writing a business plan, design, production and marketing a technical product. The student run companies include participation by business majors with oversight provided by a multi-disciplinary advisory council comprised of both faculty and business leaders.