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University of Pittsburgh    
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
  May 28, 2024
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Innovation, Product Design, and Entrepreneurship Certificate

Innovation and entrepreneurship has been credited as being a key driving factor in the US economy.  Even inside the corporation, employers seek engineers with skills to contribute to the rapid movement of products from conception to market.  With this emphasis on minimizing the time to market whether in a startup or a large corporation, it has become essential for engineers to integrate business strategies and customer focus with new product design skills. 

The Certificate in Innovation, Product Design, and Entrepreneurship cuts across the Swanson School of Engineering and into the College of Business Administration to offer students the diverse skills to complement their technical engineering focus.  The program offers a comprehensive set of courses that address principles in business, design, and innovation, and takes advantage of state of the art makerspaces.

A total of five courses are required for the Innovation, Product Design, and Entrepreneurship Certificate in the following areas:

AREA 1: Entrepreneurship

Students will choose at least one course (Note that only one College of Business course may be used to meet Certificate requirements):

AREA 3: Capstone Design Courses

Students will choose one of these courses or the Blast Furnace Program

Additional Information

Note that equivalent courses offered at other U.S. and international institutions can be considered as meeting certificate requirements.  To review possible courses and for additional information about this certificate, please contact the following:

Professor William W. Clark


218H Benedum Hall


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