How can entrepreneurship be integrated into engineering programmes?

The Swedish Entrepreneurship Academy invites you to attend a webinar on how Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Silicon Valley has successfully integrated entrepreneurship as a natural aspect of its engineering programmes.

(Photo: ©Carnegie Mellon University. All rights reserved.) The webinar will be streamed live on this page.
Tuesday, 11 May, 2021 16:30 - 17:15 CET

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The webinar is for anyone working as an entrepreneurship educator at the university level or who is interested in developing programmes focusing on entrepreneurship and engineering. The webinar is the first in a series of three that we are launching to provide inspiration, foster new ideas and share experiences of effective education models nationally and internationally. 

During the webinar you will meet Sheryl Root, Program Director of III’s M.S. in Technology Ventures program and an Associate Professor of the Practice for the M.S. in Software Management program at CMU, where she has built a model to merge technology with entrepreneurship. Prior to joining academia, Sheryl had an extensive career in the software industry, including a 20-year tenure working for Hewlett-Packard (HP). For the last 13 years she has been running her own company specializing in corporate strategy and marketing.

Sheryl will share her experience of working on entrepreneurship in university engineering programmes and will answer questions, including the following: 

  • Why is CMU educating engineering students in entrepreneurship?
  • What was the process for getting the faculty on board?
  • In a practical sense, how has entrepreneurship been integrated into the programmes?
  • How are students making connections with the private sector to gain practical experience?
  • Which results have been achieved and what are the most important success factors? 

One of the companies working closely with CMU on entrepreneurship education is Volvo, and we will meet Jenny Elfsberg who was responsible for developing Volvo’s Innovation Lab in Silicon Valley. Jenny will talk about the value that industry brings to partnerships with universities like CMU. Today Jenny is Head of Innovation Management at VINNOVA. 

During the webinar you will be able to ask Sheryl questions via our chat function. You can also submit your questions now using this form.  

Date and time: May 11, 4.30-5.15 PM (GMT+2)

The Swedish Entrepreneurship Academy is a national arena for exchange of experience, knowledge acquisition and policy development for the promotion of entrepreneurship in Sweden. The Swedish Entrepreneurship Academy is an initiative by the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA), financed by Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation and The Erling-Persson Family Foundation. 

The Swedish Entrepreneurship Academy’s goal is for entrepreneurship to be a common theme throughout the education system, supporting individuals and the development of society, business and industry.

Contact information

Maria Saker
Project Manager
Phone +46 8-791 29 65

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