USC Stevens Institute for Technology Commercialization Educational Programs
Faculty Director: Peter A. Beerel, Ph.D.
The educational goal of the USC Stevens Institute for Technology Commercialization is to provide USC engineers with the knowledge, skill set and confidence to manage intellectual property and technological innovation. In the words of Mark Stevens the mission is to “enable USC engineers to connect with colleagues in industry and venture capital to address real-world problems through technology transfer and commercialization.” Towards this goal, USC Stevens offers both an undergraduate minor and a graduate certificate in engineering technology commercialization.
Minor in Engineering Technology CommercializationThe undergraduate minor in engineering technology commercialization is interdisciplinary in nature, requiring courses from both the business and engineering schools and providing education in the economic, technological and management aspects of commercializing new engineering ideas. Business courses include those in technology entrepreneurship, case studies in new ventures and an elective in business plans. Engineering courses cover engineering economy and engineering law. There is also a dean’s seminar jointly taught by the business and engineering schools. Elective courses in technologically specific areas of commercialization, such as biomedical devices, are also included.
This USC Stevens program is especially suited to engineering majors.
A total of 16-18 units is required for the minor. Courses required for a major listed below are not included in the unit total.
|REQUIRED COURSES (15 units)||UNITS|
|BAEP 452||Cases in Entrepreneurship||4|
|BUAD 301||Technical Entrepreneurship||3|
|BUAD 493x||Dean’s Seminar in Entrepreneurship||2|
|CE 404||Fundamentals of Law for Engineers||3|
|ISE 460||Engineering Economy||3|
|ELECTIVE COURSES (3 units)||UNITS|
|BAEP 454||The Entrepreneurial Business Plan||4|
|BME 416||Development and Regulation of Medical Products||3|
|ISE 440||Work, Technology, and Organization||3|
Graduate Certificate in Engineering Technology CommercializationThe graduate certificate in engineering technology commercialization provides USC engineers with the knowledge, skill set and confidence to manage intellectual property and technology innovation and enables them to connect with colleagues in industry and venture capital to address real-world problems through technology transfer and commercialization. The USC Stevens certificate program provides an opportunity for graduate students to understand the process of evaluating the feasibility of their ideas and inventions and the confidence to commercialize their ideas. It also provides an opportunity for practicing engineers to obtain an academically rigorous foundation of technology commercialization which drives their company. The program is interdisciplinary in nature, requiring courses from both the business and engineering schools and providing education in the economic, technological and management aspects of commercializing new engineering ideas.
Applicants to this program are expected to have a degree in engineering or science from an accredited institution. USC Stevens students are expected to have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, a score of at least 650 for the quantitative portion and 400 on the verbal portion of the GRE test.
A total of 12 units is required for the certificate.
|Required core courses (6 units)|
|BAEP 551||Introduction to New Ventures||3|
|ISE 585||Strategic Management of Technology||3|
|Elective courses (6 units)|
|ISE 515||Engineering Project Management||3|
|ISE 517||Modern Enterprise Systems||3|
|ISE 527||Quality Management for Engineers||3|
|ISE 544||Management of Engineering Teams||3|
|ISE 555||Invention and Technology Development||3|