About the Program

The Technology Management and Entrepreneurism fellowship program is designed for engineering students who want training in business fundamentals and how to apply this knowledge to a real technical project. Students will be prepared to be influential engineering leaders who understand how to bring innovation to market—whether it be at their own start-up or within an established company.

The Jacobs School of Engineering and the Rady School of Management are partnering to bring this new four-course, 16-unit program to UC San Diego M.S. and Ph.D. engineering students. Students start with two quarters of rigorous introduction to business fundamentals taught by Rady School faculty. During the final two quarters, engineers and MBA students work together on project teams in the Rady School's signature Lab to Market capstone project course. Jacobs School students have the opportunity to propose projects from their own research for Lab to Market.

Students who complete the program will be recognized as Technology Management and Entrepreneurism Fellows and receive a certificate of completion. This program is sponsored by the Jacobs School and Rady School. There are no additional student fees to participate.

Institute for the Global Entrepreneur

The Technology Leadership and Entrepreneurism certificate program is one of the first initiatives of the Institute for the Global Entrepreneur (IGE), a partnership between the Jacobs School of Engineering and the Rady School of Management.

The mission of the Institute for the Global Entrepreneur is to train influential engineering leaders who will drive innovation from concept to commercialization.

What you will learn

  • The language of business, enabling effective participation in cross-functional teams
  • How to identify, measure and capture customer value
  • Accounting and finance fundamentals
  • Operations and supply chain management
  • How to apply this new knowledge to a real project: you will demonstrate how technical and business decision making come together to enable commercially viable innovation

Course Series

One course per quarter for four consecutive quarters

Quarter 1
Topics in Innovation I

Customer-focused Value Creation
(for Engineers)

Quarter 2
Topics in Innovation II

Operations Management      
(for Engineers)

Quarter 3
Lab to Market Workshop I

(Engineers + Rady MBA students)

Quarter 4
Lab to Market Workshop II

(Engineers + Rady MBA students)

The first two courses introduce graduate engineering students to critical business functions and business decision making. In these courses, engineering students develop a common business language which facilitates collaborative work with Rady MBA students.

During the final two courses, engineering students work directly with Rady MBA students through the Rady School's signature Lab to Market Workshop.

Course Description

Topics in Innovation I
Customer-focused value creation in the context of a new technology or science driven venture. Introduces customer-focused business thinking, including frameworks and methodologies. Successful firms, including not-for-profit institutions and public sector organizations, pursue objectives, employ resources and invest in the organization in order to satisfy the long-term needs of customers better than competitors.

Topics in Innovation II (taught by Prof. Krishnan) is a hands-on course dealing with the business knowledge, skills, and competencies needed to become an innovative, opportunity-driven, and entrepreneurial leader. We are specifically focused on business design - how to identify scalable new project, project, and venture ideas that fulfill a market need and add social and economic value. The course differs from most entrepreneurship courses, in that it is aimed at creating growth-oriented professionals for both startup and established settings and emphasizes scalable science and technology based innovations. The course is specifically targeted for the IGE graduate students by including content on project management, organizational leadership, venture finance and accounting, and team excellence.

Lab to Market Workshop I & II:
Jacobs School students join Rady MBA students inteams for this project sequence, which focuses on innovation to market, evaluating whether specific innovations are commercially viable and then developing first a business case and then a full business plan. Projects are chosen and undertaken by student teams, with support from Rady School faculty and from a team of mentors and advisors.


Vish Krishnan
Associate Director, Institute for the Global Entrepreneur
Professor of Innovation, Technology & Operations
Rady School Faculty Director

Email: vk@ucsd.edu
Phone: (858) 822-1991