Lehigh University’s Technical Entrepreneurship (TE) Capstone program focuses on technical entrepreneurship through experiential learning. We use the new product development process as a means to the end of preparing our students to lead companies in creativity, innovation and the commercialization of intellectual property. Students who have participated in TE Capstone find that their experiences are invaluable once they have entered the workplace.
The TE Capstone course sequence is the culmination of experiential learning where students work in cross-disciplinary teams with faculty and senior peer mentors, as well as with mentors from both established and local startup companies through sponsored partnerships. These partnerships form the backbone on which TE Capstone establishes the interdisciplinary teams and the curricula focusing on experiential learning through product and process development. The award-winning TE Capstone (formerly Integrated Product Development) program, expanding since 1994, counts among its ranks about 400 industry-sponsored projects and almost 3,000 student participants. Each year TE Capstone offers this two-course sequence to approximately 200 students for a total of 5 or 6 credits that are co-listed under engineering, business, and design.
Undergraduates can spend two or three semesters on this project and this experience can be continued into a Master’s of Engineering (M.Eng.) in Technical Entrepreneurship that is open to graduates with four-year college degrees in any discipline.