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Strategy #1 – Give Students greater ability to work on their projects, make prototypes, and get experience in I&E

o   Enable students to do the projects they want to do

    §  Give Students resources, and potentially funding to create real prototypes

    §  Give projects that are somewhat more underway funding (in conjunction with/as an alternative to         LaunchPad)

o  Create an Adafruit style business plan

    §  Website that allows people to upload their project designs open source and make profit with               customers supporting creators

    §  UM sponsored Adafruit projects

o   Partner with the medical campus design organization, Innovaid

    §  Medical students with ideas that address drawbacks in medicine give these ideas to us, and we           form design teams to work on them

    §  This will be a full collaboration with us, providing UM undergrads with ideas that our club will                sponsor to make a reality


Strategy #2 - Bring together different departments and schools to share resources in a centralized / several decentralized Maker Space(s)

- Improve management of existing machinery and facilities, and have them more accesible for all students

- Create a shared space for students of all disciplines, so that the department boundaries aren’t as prevalent

- Full-fledged student-run Maker Space

o   Student Autonomy

o   UPrint style management of 3-D printers, which allow students to print a CAD file from anywhere with internet, and pick it up at their convenience

o   Chemistry/biology equipment available to any students who have interesting ideas for research in a science field with high barrier to entry

o   Enables innovation and aids in the realization of all aspects of this organization

o   There is potential pushback from Johnson & Johnson Maker Space

    §  Students don’t have autonomy

    §  Engineers that are unaffiliated with UM (UM is giving them free office/lab space)

    §  May become like existing UM machine shop, science labs in that it isn’t accessible to students

o   Because of the point above, we may make a new Maker Space seperate from the college of Engineering so that we can avoid these pitfalls

Strategy #3 – Develop a system for organizing multidisciplinary programs and projects.

o   Create a central system for listing and sharing prototyping resources among students

                                   - click here for an example page-

    §  Embed a linked page with all available resources and information.

    §  For each resource, verify available timeslots and set up a table to prevent conflicts.

    §  On deployment, should integrate into University of Miami Canelink System to integrate student accounts.

o   Reach out to departments for software access and fabrication tools.

    §  Our primary targets should be the College of Arts and Sciences, and the College of Engineering

    §  Encouraging campus-wide integration would require a meeting and partnership starting with orientation.

    §  Stakeholder meeting would be used to include and offer benefits to faculty.

o  Fundraise or allocate funds towards supplementing resource deficits and generating growth.

    §  Ideally, third-party donations should not create a conflicts of interest.

    §  Investment from outside the University will primarily advance stakeholder goals (good business climate).

Strategy #4 – Partner with Miami area companies for project & business sponsorship

o   Angel investors give seed funds to their favorite projects, perhaps even have competitions for the purposes of deciding who gets funding

o   Shark-Tank style pitch session to get seed funding from businesses or investment groups

o   Work with our school's LaunchPad to help students create reasonable/feasable business ideas that will have the merit to be sponsored.

o   Create a system of advisors to help students manage the difficulties of starting a company. 

o   Promoting research which has the potential to be turned into a product. 

Strategy #5 – Offer a cohorted longitudinal program that fosters I&E.

<u style="font-size: large;"</u>o   Courses in program fulfill general education requirements

o   Option to earn an I&E minor

o   Emphasis on applying knowledge from other disciplines to solve problems

o   I&E Lab utilizing makerspace

o   Capstone project with community partnership

o   Proposed course list with new courses tailered to program

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