The Integrated Innovation Institute (III) at Carnegie Mellon University, which has been teaching graduate students the tried-and-true methodologies to innovating products and services throughout the past three decades, will now offer a new additional major for undergraduates.
The new Engineering Design, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship major, which launches this fall, is designed for engineers who have a passion for technological innovation. By uniting the disciplines of engineering, business, and design, the additional major will equip engineering students with the formal engineering innovation and design skills needed to innovate products around that technology and deliver viable product solutions to the marketplace and society.
Engineering undergraduates at Carnegie Mellon choose from six primary majors: chemical engineering, electrical and computer engineering, civil engineering, environmental engineering, materials science and engineering, or mechanical engineering.
The new Engineering Design, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship major joins biomedical engineering and engineering and public policy as one of three additional majors that students can take in addition to one of the primary majors.
The program’s introductory course will be offered this fall, and the program’s course requirements are designed to be completed along with their primary major in four years.
Our university and its students have a strong desire to impact the world. That ambition together with the outstanding engineering training they get here make this new additional major an especially good fit.Peter Boatwright, Co-Founder & Director, Integrated Innovation Institute
Peter Boatwright, the co-founder and director of III and a professor of marketing and new product development, says the new major plays to Carnegie Mellon’s strength as a university that gives its students tremendous freedom to explore and create and is well-aligned with the College of Engineering’s culture of advanced collaboration.
“Our university and its students have a strong desire to impact the world. That ambition together with the outstanding engineering training they get here make this new additional major an especially good fit,” said Boatwright.
The skills that students will develop can be applied to new business ventures that drive innovation to market, to established companies that innovate their existing products, or to non-profit sector projects working for social good.