The vision of the Chair is to enhance design in the Faculty of Engineering by developing an "entrepreneurial mind set" in our students and enabling them to design, build and test solutions to engineering problems in the context of validated market opportunities and business constraints. An entrepreneurial mindset is essential for every design engineer who seeks to develop innovative products, as well as for anyone wishing to succeed as an intrapreneur or entrepreneur.
The purpose of design engineering is to effectively and efficiently develop innovative products or services that appropriately respond to new user needs. Technological intra/entrepreneurship aims at teaching engineers to be better agents of change, either within existing organizations or through new ventures. Entrepreneurship is relevant to all engineering disciplines and its integration with design engineering is an important differentiator for our students.
The Chair is structured around five core activities:
Impact on students
The intended outcome of the Chair's core activities is to improve the level and quality of design engineering by fostering and strengthening:
- Technical design engineering depth, by providing students repeated design opportunities (Curriculum enhancements, Master's in Entrepreneurial Engineering Design) throughout their program to design, fabricate and test products that meet a customer need (Rapid prototyping facilities, Client-based and multidisciplinary design projects , Curriculum enhancements).
- Customer awareness, by integrating customer discovery and validation in the design engineering process (Curriculum enhancements).
- Business acumen, through introduction to basic business concepts (Curriculum enhancements), exposure to industry (Internships, Client-based design projects), and advanced training in entrepreneurial engineering design for students interested in starting their own business enterprise (Master's in Entrepreneurial Engineering Design).