Carnegie Mellon Engineering

Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the College of Engineering

Campus Aerial ImageInnovation and entrepreneurship are important and significant activities for the College of Engineering, and Carnegie Mellon University more generally. The college's I&E web pages are a connection to resources, courses, announcements and highlights for the engineering community.


Student Opportunities:


Water Abundance XPrize

The Water Abundance XPRIZE challenges teams from around the world to revolutionize access to fresh water by creating a device that extracts a minimum of 2,000 liters of water per day from the atmosphere using 100% renewable energy, at a cost of no more than 2 cents per liter. The Water Abundance XPRIZE will create decentralized access to water, giving people the power to access fresh water, whenever and wherever they need it. The grand prize is $1.5 million USD with milestone prizes totaling $250,000 USD. For Competition Guidelines, visit Teams must first register by March 31, 2017. The registration fee for this challenge is $250. For complete challenge details, guidelines and to register visit the Water Abundance XPrize challenge page.


Massachusetts General Hospital Ambulatory Practice of the Future 2017 Student Technology Prize for Primary Healthcare

This 9th Annual Student Technology Prize in Primary Healthcare is a unique $200,000 competition for engineering students to encourage and support innovative clinically-relevant, primary-care technology concepts. It is administered under the auspices of the Massachusetts General Hospital's "Ambulatory Practice of the Future" (APF) and sponsored by the Gelfand Family Charitable Trust. The top prize is $100,000.

Any graduate or undergraduate student in any U.S. university engineering or science department may enter. The entry process begins with online submission of a short two-page pre-proposal, describing their project, their team, and the potential clinical impact. The deadline for upload of these short-form entries will be May 1, 2017. Full details are posted on the APF website at


Allegheny Region Cleantech University Prize Collegiate Competition

The Allegheny Region Cleantech University Prize Collegiate Competition, which is sponsored by the Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Office, catalyzes clean energy technology start-ups, supports novel training and educational opportunities, and creates a long-term sustained and diverse community to support clean energy student entrepreneurs in the Allegheny Region and beyond. If you're a college student attending an accredited community college, college, or university in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio or Maryland, consider applying to compete in the competition. Submit your statement of intent to get started. Learn more at


Telstra Innovation Challenge 2017

Telstra invites all student makers, innovators, and creatives to join the upcoming Telstra Innovation Challenge, an opportunity for students to work collaboratively to produce real-world solutions to real-world problems. Telstra is teaming up with industry partners to design challenges that will test the imagination and skills of all competing teams. University students will need to be in teams of 2 to 4 people, but there’s no restriction on which educational streams can enter. Students are encouraged to work with a variety of people to help simulate the collaborative environment they’ll work in after university. As part of the challenge, Telstra will also provide all teams with a development kit to get them started. The Innovation Challenge will launch on the 27th of March, and students will have 5 weeks to come up with a working prototype for the problem. After a preliminary round of judging, they may have the opportunity to attend a final pitch and awards day in Melbourne on the 13th of May and be in with a chance to win some great prizes.


Innovation and Entrepreneurship Events


March 28, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
CONNECTS Speaker Series: "Start Smart: Preparing for an Exit"
3305 Newell Simon Hall


April 4, 4:30 p.m.
BME Seminar Series: "Closed-Loop Deep Brain Stimulation for Mental Disorders: Progress Towards a Circuit-Directed Treatment"
A302 Doherty Hall

April 4, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
CONNECTS Speaker Series: "Start Smart: Social Enterprise-Profit with a Purpose"
3305 Newell Simon Hall

April 5, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
CONNECTS Speaker Series: "Convertible Promissory Note – Understanding the Key Terms"
3305 Newell Simon Hall

April 12, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
CONNECTS Speaker Series: "Buy-Sell Agreements & NDAs"
3305 Newell Simon Hall

April 17, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
CONNECTS Speaker Series: "FDA Vision for Novel Technologies"
3305 Newell Simon Hall

April 18, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
CONNECTS Speaker Series: "Start Smart: Protecting Your Company’s IP Assets"
University of Pittsburgh, Barco Law Building, Alcoa Room

April 20, 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Olympus Spring Carnival Show & Tell 21
McConomy Auditorium, Cohon University Center