Engineering Entrepreneurship

: Presentations to industry representatives are part of the entrepreneurial experience.
Presentations to industry representatives are part of the entrepreneurial experience.

Since 2007, with the support of The Kern Family Foundation, Villanova’s College of Engineering has been elevating engineering education by incorporating entrepreneurially minded learning principles into curricular and extra-curricular activities. By implementing the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN) initiative, we have transformed the College’s culture, resulting in more innovative and business savvy graduates. 

“Villanova Engineers Embrace Entrepreneurship”

 

 

The Idea Accelerator offers a 3-D printer and other creative resources for aspiring entrepreneurs
The Idea Accelerator offers a 3-D printer and other creative resources for aspiring entrepreneurs

A leader among the more than 20 KEEN partner institutions, Villanova Engineering has:

  • Integrated Entrepreneurially Minded Learning (EML) in the freshman core engineering class
  • Established the popular Engineering Entrepreneurship minor that graduates 25 – 40 students per year
  • Provided faculty with Deep Dive training workshops
  • Incorporated EML exercises in 18 upper level engineering courses
  • Hosted several on-campus co-curricular entrepreneurial activities and competitions 

New and ongoing efforts include:

  • Integrating EML exercises throughout the four years of the undergraduate engineering curricula
  • Developing a second generation of the engineering entrepreneurship minor program to allow student customization to meet discipline-specific needs
  • Launching a summer version of the engineering entrepreneurship minor program and offering a graduate certificate

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Contact

Edmond Dougherty ’69 EE, ’86 MSCS

Edmond Dougherty ’69 EE, ’86 MSCS
Director, Engineering Entrepreneurship
edmond.j.dougherty@villanova.edu

An experienced entrepreneur and well-known guest columnist, Dougherty was lead developer of the Emmy Award-winning Skycam, which is used in the NFL, NBA, and NHL; BestShot, a system used in televised boxing events; LaserScore, an automatic-scoring, steel-tipped dartboard; Wavecam, the next-generation aerial camera system for sports and entertainment; and Stereovision Telepresence Systems, which the Navy uses to perform remote tasks.

Dougherty has also been published on BusinessInsider.com, and in Entrepreneur Magazine and Reader’s Digest.