2024 Investiture Information


After years of work on his polar ice observation buoys, PhD Innovation Program student Cameron Planck watched all his prototypes fail. Persevering through a complete redesign, he is now president of his own company, Cryosphere Innovation, LLC.

Engineering Entrepreneurship

Dartmouth convenes the brightest minds from a range of disciplines to take on today's toughest challenges. Faculty, students, and research partners confront engineering problems with an entrepreneurial spirit, developing technologies and processes that lead to patents and entrepreneurial ventures.


Faculty Entrepreneurs

More than half of Dartmouth Engineering faculty have founded start-up companies.


Faculty & Student Patents

US patents issued to Dartmouth Engineering faculty and students for original work.


Alumni Start-Ups

Dartmouth Engineering's rank among top universities for venture-backed alumni start-ups per capita.

Paving a Path to Innovation

From Inventor to Entrepreneur

Engineering innovation at Dartmouth has produced groundbreaking advances from health-care technologies to green energy to autonomous arctic robots. With the help of experienced faculty entrepreneurs and extensive Dartmouth resources, faculty, alumni, and students have turned their ideas into vital and successful companies. And Dartmouth offers the nation's first engineering PhD Innovation Program meant to provide graduates with the entrepreneurial training they need to turn research discoveries into marketable applied technologies.

From the Laboratory to the World

At Dartmouth, where half the tenure-track faculty have started companies, these members of the new-venture community provide students with insights into real-world applications of engineering, including the business challenges associated with entrepreneurship. And no matter their individual experience, all share a collective belief: that in the process of bringing innovations to market, they have become better engineers.

Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Resources

Magnuson Center for Entrepreneurship

With an expanding network of alumni, students, and faculty aspiring to launch business ventures and social enterprises, Dartmouth established the Magnuson Center for Entrepreneurship with a gift from Allison and Rick Magnuson '79. Housed in the Class of 1982 Engineering and Computer Science Center, Magnuson provides entrepreneurial education and experiences, funding and networking opportunities, and placement of students in internship positions.

Office of Entrepreneurship & Technology Transfer

Led by Professor of Engineering and Associate Provost Eric Fossum, The Office of Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer (OETT) oversees the The Dartmouth Technology Transfer Office (TTO) and the Magnuson Center for Entrepreneurship. It also serves as a resource in the areas of intellectual property and technology commercialization, and facilitates technology transfer-related activities for students, faculty, and alumni.

Dartmouth NSF I-Corps™ Program

Dartmouth is a proud partner of the National Science Foundation's Interior Northeast Innovation Corps Hub (IN I-Corps) and National Innovation Network aimed at helping entrepreneurial-minded students, faculty, and researchers accelerate research discoveries from the lab to the marketplace.

Tuck School of Business

Tuck School of Business offers a two-year program leading to the MBA, and Tuck School professors teach the business courses that are part of Thayer School's Masters in Engineering Management program. Tuck also offers an array of executive education and other non-degree programs, such as the Tuck Business Bridge Program® for undergraduates.