Thomas R. Nickoloff Entrepreneurship & Innovation Faculty Fellowship Program

The Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation is pleased to announce the planned continuation of a program for Faculty Development in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, entitled the Thomas R. Nickoloff Entrepreneurship & Innovation Faculty Fellowship Program, funded through the generosity of Mines Alumnus, Thomas Nickoloff.

Our goal is to a create a faculty fellowship program to provide focused and strategic faculty involvement in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, allowing Mines to establish an active, collaborative network of colleagues who are informed and enthusiastic about integrating an entrepreneurial mindset into their teaching and research. As the latest addition to Mines’ Pathways of Distinction, this Fellowship is intended to distinguish and honor innovative and entrepreneurial faculty.  Faculty are invited to apply and to come to a special reception to meet the donor on April 29, 2019.


  1. Each Nickoloff Faculty Fellow will receive an award of $10,000 in their professional development account to facilitate their involvement in the program.
  2. Nickoloff Faculty Fellows must attend a summer workshop entitled “Faculty Entrepreneurship Bootcamp” and present an elevator pitch based on their team’s project as well as a “Lessons Learned” presentation outlining the key learning objectives captured through their team’s project during the bootcamp.
  3. Each Nickoloff Faculty Fellow will also be expected to prepare at least one module for deployment within their academic curriculum that demonstrates key entrepreneurial principles. Modules are developed in consultation with E&I Center staff and the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN) and to teach the deployed modules in their normal courses, and possibly work with the Trefny Center and KEEN for dissemination of their module throughout the KEEN network.


Interested in getting involved in a future program? Email Dr. Werner Kuhr (Director, Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation).

Take a Look at Past Programs

Explore faculty pitches, business canvas discussions, and reflections on the program.