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University of New Haven


Founded in 1920 on the campus of Yale University in cooperation with Northeastern University, UNH moved to its current West Haven campus in 1960 and opened its Orange Campus in January, 2014. The University operates a satellite campus in Tuscany, Italy, and offers programs at several locations throughout Connecticut and one in California. UNH provides its students with a unique combination of a solid liberal arts education and real-world, hands-on career and research opportunities.

The University enrolls approximately 7,000 students, including nearly 1,600 graduate students and more than 5,400 undergraduates – the majority of whom reside in University housing. Through its College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences,Tagliatela College of Engineering, andLyme Academy College of Fine Arts, UNH offers over 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. UNH students have access to more than 400 study abroad programs worldwide and its student athletes compete in 16 varsity sports in the NCAA Division II’s highly competitive Northeast-10 Conference.

In 2016-17, the University of New Haven awarded 1,186 undergraduate and 919 graduate degrees. It currently has over 57,000 alumni, hosts 21,000 visitors a year, and employs 845 people.

Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship

A department of Innovation and Entrepreneurship has recently been formed on campus and is developing relevant courses for all majors plus a minor in Entrepreneurship. The Tagliatela College of Engineering has been introducing innovative entrepreneurial thinking into its courses. The college receives grants from the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN). This organization’s mission is to help instill engineers with an entrepreneurial mindset so they can create personal, economic, and societal value through a lifetime of meaningful work. Many of the engineering faculty and courses strive to help students realize the importance of innovation and entrepreneurship. Some courses help students learn to apply their knowledge to hands-on projects.

Encouraging Faculty Innovation and Entrepreneurship


UNH’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program is designed to engage students in the experience of applied research under the direct mentorship of a faculty member. Over the course of a summer, students whose research proposals are accepted conduct a research project and present their results in written and oral-presentation form. The program supports student engagement, experiential learning, persistence and mentoring. Many students go on to present their findings at professional conferences and pursue more research.

Past and current projects can be seen here:

Senior Design

Senior Design is a capstone design course for senior students in mechanical, industrial and systems, civil, computer, and electrical engineering. Students are required to complete a two-semester course sequence involving application of their theoretical knowledge to solve pressing real-world problems. Each project includes the development and use of design methodology, formulation of design problem statements and specifications, consideration of alternative solutions, feasibility considerations and detailed system descriptions. Projects include realistic constraints, such as economic factors, safety, reliability, maintenance, aesthetics, ethics, political and social impact. Students are expected to present orally their results in a series of design reviews. The students document their solutions using a written report that includes an executive summary. A working prototype or simulation of their solution, as appropriate, is required to complete the course.

Design projects enable our students to put into practice what they have learned and prepare them for the workforce. Business and industry sponsor these projects. Students team up as a business consulting unit to solve the client’s technical/business challenge over a 28-week period.

Technology Transfer

The University of New Haven technology transfer team is responsible for the identification, protection, marketing and licensing of intellectual assets developed by faculty, staff and, in some cases, students.

The ultimate goal of the technology transfer program is to:

  1. help realize the social and commercial value of UNH discoveries,
  2. accelerate the pace in which discoveries reach commercial reality,
  3. bring proper recognition to the university and its many innovators.

UNH is committed to achieving these goals in a manner that is consistent with the mission, values, and culture of our community.

Technology transfer at UNH is yet another manifestation of our pursuit of Experiential Learning, by actively seeking ways in which university innovations can be successfully introduced into the marketplace through partnering with commercial entities.

Active Technology transfer projects:

Facilitating University-Industry Collaboration

Co-op Program

Cooperative education is an effective way to identify and train future employees, as demonstrated by the vast number of co-op employers, including American Cyanamid, Black & Decker, Corometrics, Dow UT, Dictaphone, Pitney Bowes, Pratt & Whitney, Sikorsky, and Remington Products, as well as state and federal agencies. Student assignments include computer programming, accounting, counseling, criminal investigation, and engineering.

Engaging with Regional and Local Economic Development Efforts

University of New Haven connects with outside sources to help students develop skills and hands-on experience in entrepreneurship. It is an important value to the university that students, by the time they graduate, already consider themselves members of their desired field.

Make Haven

Make Haven is a community workshop, or makerspace, that helps aid not only students but members of the New Haven community work on projects and prototypes.

The Grove

The Grove is a business incubator and collaboration space which helps students and local entrepreneurs create innovative ideas in a very professional and welcoming environment.

Landscape Canvas

Click for the 2018 Landscape Canvas:

Related Links

University of New Haven Student Priorities

University Innovation Fellows

Spring 2018:

Allison Antcliff

Amanda Arango

Cameron Niemiec


Spring 2017:

Jillian Jacques

Matthew Sheehy

Austin Thomas

Daniel Woronick

Spring 2016:

Daniel Delgado

Spring 2015:

Jonathan Spiegel


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"Senior Design." University of New Haven : Web. 22 Jan. 2015. <>.

"Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property." University of New Haven : Web. 22 Jan. 2015. <>.