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Entrepreneurship is part of the College of Engineering’s DNA. This includes how we create and implement new initiatives as a College, how we teach, how we do research, and the kind of research we do. This also includes the outlook, goals, and impact of our graduates. Because of our foundation in entrepreneurship and our capacity to leverage our world-class technology and innovation education in Pittsburgh with our forward-looking and rapid approach to entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley, we created the M.S. in Technology Ventures. This new professional degree teaches how to create technology-based businesses, be they startups or ventures within established companies.

The Master of Science in Technology Ventures (MSTV) program, launched in January 2017, teaches engineers how to thrive in the dynamic technology environment as both innovators and entrepreneurs. Students enhance their engineering skills while exploring the ins and outs of launching ventures through coursework on finances, legal frameworks, and agile marketing. The MSTV program is multi-disciplined in that students from all of the College’s engineering programs have skills to offer. The program is team-driven, and students with varied backgrounds generate new and rich perspectives for solving problems. 

The achievements that students attain in all of our Silicon Valley programs are due in part to the relationships they build.

James H. Garrett Jr. , Dean, College of Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

Students are excited about the program because they gain hands-on experience in the startup ecosystem of Silicon Valley. Through internships, they gain exposure to emerging concepts and learn how to take innovations to market. Amplifying this notion, the MSTV program links with the Venture Bridge program so students can launch their own ventures by tapping the resources provided by the SV campus, alums, angel investors, and venture capital firms.

The achievements that students attain in all of our Silicon Valley programs are due in part to the relationships they build. CMU-SV students have access to well-connected professors, industry leaders, and active Bay Area alumni who provide internships, mentoring, and funding. Yet, these relationships are not one-sided—our students give back. Alumni and industry leaders say that they value and benefit from our students’ knowledge and perspectives on problem-solving.

Featured in this issue are some of the robust research projects underway at CMU-SV. The faculty there are delving into topics ranging from network development for smart cities to advanced human-computer interaction systems for cars, and with each of the many research projects we undertake comes the opportunity to do what we do best: educate new engineers.


James H. Garrett Jr.