SMU will offer a new master’s degree in engineering entrepreneurship beginning in fall 2017. The degree program will be offered over two semesters, fall and spring, and will draw from existing courses in the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering and Edwin L. Cox School of Business.
The new degree program is designed to develop engineers who look at the role of technology in society through a business lens, who can help fill the demand for managers and entrepreneurs to start and lead new technology ventures. It is anchored in a yearlong project, the Technology Commercialization Studio, in which students will explore the commercial opportunities of a new technology – likely to be developed in one of SMU’s engineering or science research labs.
“What happens when you bring together a top-ranked business school and an innovative engineering school? You create a program that will help the best and brightest achieve their dreams of bringing new technology to the marketplace,” said Lyle Dean Marc Christensen. “The master’s in engineering entrepreneurship will focus on shaping a small cohort of elite students, providing them the skills and experiences to have impact in the competitive world of high tech startups.”
Regular admission to the program will require a bachelor of science in engineering, but outstanding candidates from alternate STEM fields will be considered.
“We are looking for smart, confident engineers who want to understand the role of new technology in society from a business perspective, and who can lead and manage engineering projects that commercialize that technology,” said Duncan MacFarlane, associate dean for engineering entrepreneurship in the Lyle School. “We expect the program to encourage the incubation of novel technologies from SMU students and faculty.”
MacFarlane will direct the program with associate directors Jerry White, the Linda and Kenneth R. Morris Endowed Director of the Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship in the Cox School, and Simon Mak, associate director of the institute. MacFarlane, White and Mak have been meeting on a regular basis since Fall 2015 to coordinate entrepreneurship activities and develop the new program.