The Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering offers various entrepreneurship and industry partnership-based programs designed to give students the opportunity to put in practice the skills they are taught in the classroom. The programs include a minor in technology commercialization, a certificate program in technology commercialization, the Mendenhall Innovation Program, the Senior Design Program, the UNLV Rebel Program, the Accelerator Program and Business Entrepreneurship Program.
Minor in Technology Commercialization
The minor in technology commercialization inspires, mentors, and fosters future business leaders and innovators who have the potential to shape the future of technology and technological innovation on a global scale. The minor exposes engineering and computer science majors to elements of technology commercialization, with the relevant aspects of both entrepreneurship and commercialization of innovative products and ideas within established enterprises. This program provides a basic education and understanding in what is required to start a business based on an innovative concept or technology that is developed. A significant component of this minor is its coupling with the Senior Design Program and participation in the Business Entrepreneurship Program within final year curriculum.
To complete the minor, students must be engineering majors and earn a grade of C or higher in all the minor courses.
Certificate Program in Technology Commercialization
The knowledge of technology commercialization is extremely important in the fast changing world dominated by new technologies pervading our lives. This certificate program provides students with the necessary foundational knowledge in technology commercialization. In order to earn the certificate, students must complete 12 credits of TechCom certificate courses with a grade of "C" or higher in each course and hold an overall GPA of 2.5 to demonstrate mastery of each subject.