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2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Certificate: Innovation Engineering

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Innovation Engineering Undergraduate Certificate (12 credit hours)

Innovation Engineering courses give students a complete array of tools and a systematic approach to creating, communicating and commercializing ideas in response to problems and opportunities in any field; they also learn how to lead the process of innovating within organizations – businesses, nonprofits, governments, educational institutions, arts organizations, etc. 

Educational Objectives:

The coursework is designed to be ancillary to major work in a specific discipline or central passion. The objective of the Certificate in Innovation Engineering is to give students the skills and confidence to create meaningfully unique solutions to problems in their chosen fields, to communicate the benefits of their innovations and to test and realize their innovative ideas. The course sequence achieves these objectives by teaching the fundamentals of creating in INV 180, communicating in INV 282, commercializing in INV 392, and of applying a systems focus in INV 401.

Eligible students:

Undergraduate students matriculated in any field may take coursework in Innovation Engineering; these students should notify Professor Margo Lukens, (lukens@maine.edu), the Director of Academic Programs in Innovation Engineering and complete the form found at http://foster.target.maine.edu/ signifying their intention to complete the Certificate. 

Undergraduate non-degree students (students who have not yet earned a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent) may apply for admission to the Certificate of Innovation; by sending a completed form (found at http://foster.target..maine.edu/) to Professor Margo Lukens (lukens@maine.edu), Director of Academic Programs in Innovation Engineering, Foster Center for Student Innovation, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5798. Non-degree students typically register for classes through the University’s Division of Lifelong Learning. Except for courses offered through Continuing Education/Summer Session, the University allows non-degree registration in regular courses on a space-available basis.

Course Sequence:

The core courses required for the undergraduate certificate are INV 180 - Create, INV 282 - Communicate, INV 392 - Commercialize, and INV 401 - Systems.  Courses should be taken in the following order:

  • INV 180 Create
  • INV 282 Communicate
  • INV 392 Commercialize
  • INV 401 Systems

At UMaine, students can begin the core sequence with INV 180 in either fall or spring, and follow it with INV 282 in either fall or spring; INV 392 is usually offered during fall semesters, and INV 401 annually in spring semester. Offering patterns at the Hutchinson Center (Belfast) allow students to complete the certificate within 12 months.

GPA requirements to earn the certificate: Minimum GPA of 2.9 in courses that count toward the certificate.

Minimum Grade requirements for courses to count toward certificate: C-

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