New Product Commercialization with Interdisciplinary Student Teams (Planning Grant)

University of Bridgeport, 2012 - $8,000

The University of Bridgeport (UB) has the technical foundation to commercialize new technologies, with a variety of majors in business, design, engineering and technology management, but they need to strengthen the curriculum to encourage students from different disciplines to work together. This planning grant will support UB in developing a new course focused on interdisciplinary product commercialization. The course, called New Product Commercialization, will involve students from engineering, business and design in developing products focused on human health and environmental concerns. NCIIA funding will allow the instructor team to develop programming that will enable their teams to build prototypes and investigate intellectual property protection. The course will be developed in collaboration with UB’s incubator, the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.