Dartmouth's Engineering Entrepreneurship Program (DEEP)
Dartmouth's Engineering Entrepreneurship Program (DEEP) prepares students at all levels—from introductory classes to the Ph.D.—for technology leadership. The program consists of opportunities throughout the curriculum for students to acquire design, business, and leadership skills and experience the process of turning new ideas into marketable technologies.
Thayer School's integrated single department facilitates cross-disciplinary thinking, and students have direct access to entrepreneurial mentors including professors who hold numerous patents and have founded their own startup companies. In addition, DEEP utilizes collaborations with Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Vermont Law School, and industry partners as well as numerous Dartmouth entrepreneurial resources.
B.E. graduate Alejandro Luperon ’12, Th’12 describes the influence of his entrepreneurship training at Dartmouth:
Two program participants have already launched companies: SustainX, Inc. is developing technology for utility-scale energy storage, and Sproxil, Inc. (formerly mPedigree) is a drug authentication company.
Sample courses with entrepreneurial training
- Introduction to Engineering (ENGS 21) teaches undergraduates to define problems in terms of societal needs and environmental impact, and are encouraged to develop solutions with an eye to the marketplace.
- Engineering Design Methodology and Project Initiation/Completion (ENGS 89/90) offers students the chance to undertake real-life problem-solving projects for industry sponsors.
- Introduction to Innovation (ENGG 321) lets students serve as faculty assistants in the undergraduate Introduction to Engineering course (see above).