Academic Programs

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Innovation Accelerator

The Innovation Accelerator is offered in the Fall and Spring semesters as a 3-credit course for graduate students, and a few distinguished undergraduates. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. (BADM 5320 / MGMT 4899).

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Innovation House

Innovation House is a living and learning community designed to fuel the innovative spirit, creativity, and “can-do” attitude that enables students to take charge of their own destiny. The process of innovating is difficult when done in a vacuum. An environment of like-minded, motivated individuals with access to the support and tools necessary to facilitate entrepreneurial endeavors furnish the ideal ecosystem where new ideas can evolve into successful ventures.

The Innovation House LC is open to first- and second-year students from all disciplines who are passionate about entrepreneurship, innovation, and creativity. This unique environment is designed to facilitate collaboration among individuals with different perspectives and skillsets towards the development of new ideas and businesses. It also provides programming and events that will help prepare students for the real challenges of being a leader and entrepreneur in today’s increasingly complex and global environment.

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Management and Engineering for Manufacturing

MEM students graduate with a BS degree conferred by both the School of Engineering and the School of Business. At graduation you would be part of an elite cohort with two tassels hanging from your mortarboard! MEM graduates have immense flexibility to work as practicing engineers or to focus on a business career. Companies find MEM graduates to be well rounded employees who see the “big picture.” Due to our unique curriculum, our graduates have been very successful in getting coveted “Leadership Development Program” positions at major companies that introduce them to multiple sides of the business and prepare them for a “fast track” to promotion. MEM graduates also have one of the higher starting salaries of both engineering and business majors.

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School of Education Creativity and Innovation Program

There is a movement developing at Research I Universities across the country in which faculty work across disciplines (arts, STEM, business, health care) to foster students’ creative development in ways that will give them the necessary tools for success, particularly in the STEM fields. Leading U.S. research universities are committed to helping equip students and faculty to address the world’s most pressing, complex, and open-ended challenges with creative confidence as well as disciplinary expertise.

Drawing from the research base, creativity experts from other colleges at the University, and our own faculty with expertise in creativity, pedagogy, and technology, the Neag School of Education is prepared to participate in a strategic plan to promote creative problem solving and innovation across the university. These efforts will encompass faculty members from every discipline on campus and students in every field of study. We believe this idea has potential for:

(a) enhancing UConn students’ versatility in the face of change;
(b) forming a collaborative cohort of cross-discipline faculty researching creativity and innovation, and;
(c) attracting major donor funding in creativity and innovation.

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Senior Design

Each year, more than 100 leading manufacturing companies, pharmaceutical and medical firms, consulting practices, utilities as well as local, state and federal government agencies partner with the UConn School of Engineering through Senior Design Projects. These are cost-effective ways to work with Engineering seniors on a company project – a technical or design challenge or a novel idea – without a large investment.

Every Senior Design Project is a two-semester course required for all School of Engineering seniors to graduate. Having successful completed most of the Engineering curriculum, they must solve technical problems for sponsors in a real-world company. Each team of 2-4 seniors is mentored through the project by an Engineering professor working within the sponsor organization.

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UConn Honors Program

The UConn Honors Program supports over 2,200 academically talented and intellectually curious undergraduates at all campuses. Through participation in the program, students enrich their educational experiences through exploring Honors courses within their major and across the curriculum; creating cutting-edge research and creative projects alongside expert faculty members; and leading within and beyond the UConn Honors community.

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