This course introduces students to the entrepreneurial process, focusing on the concepts, practices, and tools of the entrepreneurial world. Readings, cases, speakers, and projects designed to convey the unique environment of entrepreneurship and new ventures. It culminates in an initial evaluation of new venture ideas. In this course students will interact with entrepreneurs, participate in class discussion, and be active participants in the teaching/ learning process.

This course equips students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to identify, define, and begin solving real problems for real people, within the socio-technical ambiguity that surrounds all engineering problems. It focuses on problems faced in everyday life, by people from different backgrounds and in different circumstances, so students can rise to the occasion presented by future workplace challenges. By the end of this course, students will be able to recognize design problems around them, determine whether they are worth solving, and employ a suite of tools to create multiple solutions.

The Cornerstone program equips students to think innovatively and entrepreneurially about the world around them. The design process learned in these courses is the framework for not only becoming a successful engineer or scientist, but also in forming successful start-ups and business ventures. 

The Capstone Design@Mines program combines students from the Civil, Electrical, Environmental, and Mechanical Engineering degree programs. The program uses client-driven projects to engage students in projects that matter. 

Students must engage in the design process to satisfy the needs of their clients.

IDEAS (Innovation and Discovery in Engineering, Arts and Science) is a first-year course combining both NHV and EPICS I, offered through the McBride Honors Program. Students in this course learn the design thinking process, with a focus on user-centered design.

The Humanitarian Engineering minor focuses on co-creating just and sustainable solutions for communities worldwide. Principles of innovation and entrepreneurship are learned throughout the pathway.

Practical Foundry

Are you interested in learning how to turn our ideas into the metal objects? Would you like to learn about the casting process and how to develop your own patterns and molds using computer design tools? Interested in casting as a hobby or possible career? Would you like to design and produce your own product run of Mines mementos? If this sounds interesting, you are invited to join the pilot for a new class in the Mines Foundry:

MTGN 298A – Practical Foundry (CRN 86045)

An introduction to the theory and practice of metal casting and finishing. Students will develop a limited-run casting process for the production of a small metal products in the Mines foundry. The course will cover the basic science of the casting process, an introduction to metallurgy, an overview of casting economics, and an introduction to entrepreneurship.

3 semester hours; Th 3-6 pm; Hill Hall 124 (15 students maximum)

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