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Yale University has long been a hub for scientific research and development. As entrepreneurship and innovation have shifted to become more accessible and important in our society, Yale has shifted its focus towards providing the tools necessary to make innovation possible. Over the last few decades, Yale's engineering department has acquired all the cutting edge technology needed to make the campus a powerhouse in engineering innovation. Providing space and resources to students to create whatever they can imagine is only one part of the equation for empowering innovation.

While the facilities are constantly improving and being furnished with the latest technology, the University is also focusing on hiring faculty members who have a passion for creating and will work with students to spread that excitement. The student:faculty ratio in the engineering sciences is 3:1, which allows for a lot of interaction between students and thier mentors. There is almost always a place to go on campus where students can find a willing mentor.

Finally, the last piece to the puzzle is the students. Yale is actively recruiting scientists and engineers in the same way other schools recruit atheletes. The first wave of students were part of the class of 2015, and in 3 short years, the culture at Yale has dramatically changed. The exciting part is that this change is just beginning! We have the tools, and we have just begun using them. Students from all disciplines are excited by the new resources availible to us.

Entrepenuership in Academic Classes

Classes at the Center for Engineering Innovation and Design (CEID) take a fresh perspective on what classroom learning can be. At the introductory level, factual knowledge is supplemented with hands-on experimentation and short-term project work in small groups. At the advanced level, students work on long-term projects in teams while professors act more like coaches than sages. Some courses learn more towards engineering, with a focus on working hardware and prototype testing. Others are more innovation-based, with a focus on sound conceptualization and plans for commercialization. Both require a design process infused with creativity and interdisciplinary collaboration to be successful.

MENG 489/EENG 481: Mechanical & Electrical Engineering Capstone Design Courses Study of the design process, including concept generation, project management, teamwork, detail design, and communication skills. Student teams implement a real-world design project with hardware objectives that can be achieved in a term, and a problem definition that allows room for creative solutions.

ENAS 323: Creativity and New Product Development An overview of the stages of product development in a competitive marketplace, with simulation of the process in class. A hands-on approach to creativity and the development process.

ENAS 118: Introduction to Engineering, Innovation, and Design An introduction to engineering, innovation, and design process, aimed at freshman. Principles of material selection, stoichiometry, modeling, data acquisition, sensors, rapid prototyping, and elementary microcontroller programming. Types of engineering and the roles engineers play in a wide range of organizations. Lectures are interspersed with practical exercises. Students work in small teams on an engineering/innovation project at the end of the term.

Landscape Canvas

The following spreadsheet outlines specific resources that Yale has for furthering entrepenuership and innovation on campus broken down into the following categories:

  • Make it a priority;
  • So, you want to learn more;
  • You want to apply your knowledge to a specific project;
  • You have effectively engaged in I&E;
  • You have fine-tuned your understanding of I&E and reframed your approach to your education and career.

Each of the categories is necessary at different stages of a students path to entrepenuership. Yale has many resources, and this document's goal is to characterize Yale's landscape and identify our strengths and weaknesses. 

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Yale University Student Priorities

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