Foster Center for Student Innovation

What is Innovation Engineering?

Innovation EngineeringInnovation Engineering is a groundbreaking program that provides a systematic approach to innovation. The fundamental concepts of the program include tools and methods for creating, communicating, and commercializing meaningfully unique ideas.

For students, it is offered as a minor or graduate certificate that complements any major or field of study including the sciences, arts, humanities, business, engineering, and education. In the program, students learn how to employ the tools and methods of innovation in their field of interest. These skills are essential to participation in the global economy and will prepare graduates to lead the commercialization of new products, services and technologies.

For businesses, Innovation Engineering accelerates a continuous flow of innovations - big and small - to address your departmentʼs, divisionʼs, and companyʼs very important problems & opportunities. The process can be used on major innovation projects that have a dramatic impact on sales and profits or minor projects that help transform the culture. Itʼs a four-stage process of Define, Discover, Develop and Deliver and integrates painlessly with classic project management systems such as Compression Planning, Stage-Gate, Design for 6 Sigma or Hoshin Planning.