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University of New Haven helps launch an innovative master's degree for entrepreneurial engineers

The University of New Haven and Trinity College are partnering with the University of Connecticut to create a unique master's degree in engineering that is specifically geared toward entrepreneurs.

July 3, 2018

The University of New Haven has partnered with the University of Connecticut and Trinity College to develop a Master's program in Engineering, the first of its kind, aimed at entrepreneurs.

The way he sees it Ron Harichandran, dean of the Tagliatela School of Engineering at the University of New Haven, engineering and entrepreneurship are inextricably linked.

"Engineering graduates who will be leaders in today's changing environment must possess a business mindset and a variety of professional skills in addition to technical knowledge," he and several colleagues wrote in a paper presented at a conference sponsored by the American Society. of Education in Engineering. (ASEE).

Dean Harichandran and his faculty will bring this experience by partnering with the University of Connecticut and Trinity College to create a new Master of Engineering in Global Entrepreneurship, Connecticut's first entrepreneurial graduate degree focused on engineering.

The program is being developed to allow beginning entrepreneurs to learn best practices, receive mentoring from veteran entrepreneurs and prepare for success.

The University of New Haven, a member of the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network, has created nearly 20 e-learning modules designed to develop an entrepreneurial mindset in students that have been used by 55 faculty members from 43 other colleges and universities. Another 25 faculty members are expected to use the learning modules in the next academic year.

"Entrepreneurial thinking results in the development of a solid technical solution that meets the needs of customers, is feasible from a business perspective and has a benefit for society."
Harichandran and his colleagues continued in the ASEE document

Over the next two months, the University will work with UConn and Trinity to develop the curriculum, establish an advisory board, create a virtual inter-institutional platform and begin recruiting for the first cohort of students.

For more information, contact Dean Harichandran at

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