Thursday, November 3, 2016

New Course - Fundamentals of Innovation Theory and Practice

CoE Minor in Innovation and Leadership Studies
New Course Offering: “ENGR 296: Fundamentals of Innovation Theory and Practice”

Innovation is the source of leadership in many domains and is a fundamental driver of impact.  In industry, innovation drives differentiated competitive advantage.  In academia, innovation is the basis of thought leadership and scholarly excellence. And, in the non-profit sector, innovation likely holds the key to sustainable solutions to heretofore intractable problems, often referred to as Grand Challenges.  In this regard, achieving innovation is no longer simply an aspiration; it is an imperative.  Innovation is shifting along a spectrum from art to science.  From an attribute of originality and creativity in thinking, to a discipline framed in a state of formalized pattern recognition in which a practitioner may learn to recognize and routinely employ best practices that increase the probability of achieving a high impact outcome from their efforts. 
This Spring, the College of Engineering will be launching a new Minor in Innovation and Leadership Studies that will be available to all undergraduate engineering students. The minor will provide students with focused course work and experiences that raise awareness of the mindsets, behaviors, attributes, tools, and methods employed in the innovative activity of individuals and organizations, empowering them to take on leadership positions across industry, academia, and the non-profit sectors.  The minor involves a 15 credit course package that students can assemble by selecting classes from an established curriculum in three or more of the following thematic areas: Innovation, Design, and Problem Solving; Entrepreneurship and Management; Leadership, Communication, and Organizational Behavior; Global and Societal Awareness; and Research Methods.
As a foundation for this program, Prof.  Joe Sinfield, Director of the CoE Innovation and Leadership Studies program, will be offering a new course entitled, “ENGR 296: Fundamentals of Innovation Theory and Practice”.  This 3 credit course (syllabus attached) will provide students with initial exposure to the fundamental patterns and methods of innovation through the study and application of emerging innovation techniques to address technological, economic, and societal challenges.   Please encourage your students to explore the minor and register for this course.
Feel free to contact Joe Sinfield at with any questions.