The Certificate in Technology Commercialization (TC) is for undergraduate engineering and science students. Understanding the commercialization of technology is becoming increasingly critical for engineers and technologists. With an emphasis on creativity and innovation, this certificate program is designed to provide students the knowledge base needed to explore the various options for commercializing technology. The goal of the program is to help produce the next generation of entrepreneurs and business leaders.
Technology Commercialization courses are developed and taught by outstanding faculty members in the department of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering, legal experts and notable innovators.
The program is composed of one fundamental course and three hours of elective courses. The courses are designed to allow students to gain a general understanding of the technology commercialization landscape, then to apply that knowledge in a practical manner to an innovation.
The Professional Skills certificate is on the Urbana campus, administered jointly by the Technology Entrepreneur Center and Engineering Career Services.
This is a series of courses that complement the technical aspect of the engineering students’ curriculum by concentrating on business and interpersonal skills and the lifelong process of career management; areas of focus that are necessary for successful workplace experience from a first job through retirement.
This certificate will provide engineers with the understanding and the tools to succeed in the workplace and to manage their careers. It offers students the opportunity to learn how to contribute immediately in an internship or new career position by exposing them to topics such as business strategy, writing for business and technical audiences, leadership, effective communication, as well as legal and other issues that students may face in their transition from campus to the workplace.