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Lehigh Hosting Open Houses for Technical Entrepreneurship Master’s Program

By Colin McEvoy on January 12, 2023

For the last 11 years, Lehigh University has hosted a multi-disciplinary program that welcomes students from a variety of engineering, science, business, and design backgrounds to help them develop an entrepreneurial mindset.

Lehigh’s Master’s of Engineering in Technical Entrepreneurship program is an 11-month, 30-credit professional master’s program, and the university will be hosting two upcoming events for anyone interested in learning more about it.

An online open house event will be held on Jan. 18, and an in-person open house will be held on Feb. 2 at the Lehigh University campus’ Wilbur Powerhouse at 12 East Packer Avenue in Bethlehem. Pre-registration is required for both events.

The program welcomes students from a variety of backgrounds, from engineers and scientists to designers and business professionals. It helps student entrepreneurs create, refine, and commercialize intellectual property through the licensing or launching of a new business.

“The goal is to help you master a new skill set as an innovative, creative problem-solver, taking creative ideas and reducing them to practice,” Dr. Michael Lehman, director of the program and Professor of Practice in Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics, previously said.

“After graduation one can launch a new venture, join the team of a startup or family enterprise, innovate at a larger corporation via product or business development, or support the innovation ecosystem with roles in industry, government, and education,” Lehman said.

Support of entrepreneurship and new business development is one of the strategic objectives of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation (LVEDC). The ability of entrepreneurs to turn good ideas into successful businesses helps the Lehigh Valley’s economy grow and diversify.

Students in the program learn by experiencing the idea-to-venture process in an educational environment that’s hard-wired to support the development of novel, innovative, and commercially viable technologies.

The program’s experiential learning curriculum delves into relevant topics via real-world case studies, from intellectual property, prototyping, and creativity to product development, entrepreneurship, and corporate venturing.

Applications to participate in the 11-month program can be submitted on Sept. 1 for classes that begin July 5, 2023. Students with any undergraduate degree by the start of classes can apply. Visit here to apply or for more information.

The open house events will delve into the program’s courses and curriculum, technical entrepreneurship alumni career pathways, and admission requirements for anyone interested in starting the program during the next cohort in July.

Attendees will have the opportunity to communicate with Lehman, and will be eligible for an application fee waiver code.

Alumni of the program hail from a wide variety of engineering backgrounds such as mechanical, electrical, civil, bio, industrial, chemical, computer, and aerospace. Students also come from natural science backgrounds such as physics, biology and neuroscience, as well as degrees in business, design, and the social sciences.

The curriculum starts with courses in skill-building, creativity, intellectual property, prototyping and visual thinking, before moving on to courses in integrated product development and entrepreneurship, with an underpinning of project courses throughout the year in which students work on a project in an industry of their choice.

The underlying premise of the program includes experiential learning: professors who are embedded in industry, class excursions that involve “learning by doing,” live case studies, and collaborations with other entrepreneurial organizations and Lehigh University departments, Lehman said.

These include [email protected], Lehigh’s Office of Creative Inquiry, the Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity & Innovation, the Office of Technology Transfer and virtual collaborations through Lehigh’s Office of International Affairs, he said.

The M.Eng. in Technical Entrepreneurship was previously recognized with an Award of Excellence in Talent Development by the University Economic Development Association (UDEA).

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