Engineering Entrepreneurs

On October 21, 2013 by Grad Forum
Geneva Trotter, a student in the PhD Innovation Program, is working on developing new alloys for environmentally friendly energy conversion applications.

Geneva Trotter, a student in the PhD Innovation Program, is working on developing new alloys for environmentally friendly energy conversion applications.

When Thayer School of Engineering debuted the PhD Innovation Program five years ago in 2008, it created a novel solution to a national challenge: how to develop leaders with both technical and entrepreneurial expertise.

In the program, launched by Thayer School Dean Joseph Helble, students complete all the requirements of a traditional PhD, plus specialized studies that prepare them to build an enterprise based on technical innovation.

“Students learn about intellectual property, funding, capitalization, cash-flow issues, how to operate a business, management practices, ethics, how to hire a good team, how to balance an organization, and how to be a leader,” says the program’s faculty coordinator, Professor Eric Fossum, an inventor, entrepreneur, and CEO with decades of experience commercializing technologies.

 

To read more see Dartmouth Now or the Fall 2013 issue of Dartmouth Engineer.

photo by Kathryn Loconte Lapierre/Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth

 

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