Jonathan Weaver

Jonathan Weaver is Professor and chair of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Detroit Mercy, where he teaches statics, dynamics, innovation and creativity, vehicle dynamics, robotics, machine design, design of experiments, mechanical measurements laboratory, computer aided engineering, product design and development, systems engineering, systems architecture, front end of innovation and design for X. His research interests and publications relate to robotics, vehicle dynamics, design of experiments, robust design, engineering education, innovation, entrepreneurship, new product development and the product development process. He holds a BS degree from Virginia Tech, and MS and PhD degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He serves as the co-curriculum director for the Masters in Product Development Program, is a Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network Fellow, and is part of a team currently working to bring entrepreneurship content to engineering and other technical programs at the university.


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  • Entrepreneruship at the University of Detroit Mercy

    Began June, 2006 and ended December, 2007

    Vision: The University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) will define, create, deliver and sustain an exceptional program that develops both an entrepreneurial attitude/mindset and entrepreneurial competencies of students from K 12 through baccalaureate education levels. This program will be built upon strong foundations in separate and collaborative engineering and business programs, and upon the programs at other institutions. UDM will be actively involved in both utilizing and creating KEEN Network resources; several KEEN advisors will be involved. An overarching theme of the UDM Entrepreneurship Program will be service to the needs of the Detroit community and concepts of social entrepreneurship, all enveloped within a process which develops in our students the mindset that there is a world of opportunity awaiting them. Plan: The preliminary plan for entrepreneurship programs is to develop six elements over a four year period: 1. Pre-college Entrepreneurship Modules 2. Entrepreneurship Case Studies in Engineering Fundamentals Courses 3. Integrated Design, Entrepreneurship and Service (IDEAS) Course (junior year) 4. Capstone Product Entrepreneurship Course (senior year) 5. Entrepreneurship Certificate 6. Entrepreneurship Minor Additional support will be provided by NCIIA and Ford Motor Company. Other partners will support important functions of this initiative: The Engineering Society of Detroit (link to the community of practice), Small Business Association of Michigan (link to entrepreneurs), NEXT Energy (alternative energy e-ship). This plan will enable UDM to be a strong, contributing member of the KEEN Network while continuing to provide the right skills to enable our students to “envision a better world, and then create it.”

    With the team:

    • Jonathan Weaver
    • Dr. Barbara Schirmer Vice President, Academic Affairs & Provost, University of Detroit Mercy
    • Reverend Oswald Mascarenhas, Ph.D. Professor, Business Administration, University of Detroit Mercy