Certificate and Courses

The Engineering Innovation Institute (EII) is instilling a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in students through experiential and curricular-based education that focuses on delivering key creativity, innovation, leadership, and entrepreneurship skill sets to distinguish and prepare Gator Engineers to assume innovation leadership roles in their professional careers.


The Institute provides opportunities for innovation education to all engineering undergraduate and graduate students, staff, and faculty through seminar series, workshops, courses in innovation and entrepreneurship, an entrepreneur-in-residence program, and a faculty program aimed at engaging industry leaders.

The Institute’s leadership and innovation curriculum focus on providing students with Foundational Leadership and Innovation Skills through the following courses that are offered to graduate and undergraduate engineering students.

The Engineering Innovation Institute offers an Engineering Entrepreneurship Certificate for graduate engineering students by taking a combination of courses below.

It is intended that all courses below are offered each fall and spring semester and may also be offered summer C semester. For specific course times, please see the UF Course Listings. Course Summaries are provided for each course to provide information for students to make informed decisions on taking these courses but do not replace the Syllabus that will be presented in-class at the beginning of each course.

Courses offered through the Engineering Innovation and Engineering Leadership Institutes are listed below.

Unless otherwise noted, courses are listed under Engineering-General and are open to all engineering students from any discipline. Questions regarding how these courses may satisfy a student’s major requirements should be addressed with the student’s home department.

Engineering Innovation Institute Courses:

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Engineering Innovation (EGN 4643 / EGN 6642)

This course introduces engineering students to the concepts of innovative thinking and innovation practices. Using lectures, case studies, team exercises, and guest speakers, the course teaches life skills in innovative thought and action. Students apply lessons learned in creating successful careers ranging from starting companies to leading large companies. For further information, please review the Engineering Innovation Course Description and  Engineering Innovation Course Summary.

Engineering Entrepreneurship / Entrepreneurship for Engineers (EGN 4641 / EGN 6640)

This course introduces engineering students to the concepts and practices of entrepreneurial thinking and entrepreneurship. Using lectures, case studies, business plans, and student presentations, the course teaches life skills in entrepreneurial thought and action that students apply in starting companies or driving innovative, cutting edge projects in large companies. For further information, please review the Entrepreneurship for Engineers Course Description and Entrepreneurship for Engineers Course Summary.

Sales Engineering Seminar (EGN 4930 listed under Industrial and Systems Engineering)

This course is intended for students interested in pursuing a career in sales engineering and gives students insight into the practice of sales in engineering companies including technical sales of hardware, software and services, locating and identifying prospects, managing time and territory, account management, legal and ethical issues in selling, international issues, and managing a sales force. Practicing sales engineers and technology company leaders provide expertise in the area through guest lectures and discussions with students.  For further information, please review the Sales Engineering Seminar Course Summary.

Integrated Product and Process Design / Integrated Technology Ventures (See special department course numbers for IPPD)

This course is an innovative educational initiative of the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering where students work in small multidisciplinary teams under the guidance of faculty coaches and industrial liaison engineers to design and build authentic industrial products for sponsoring companies.  Integrated Technology Ventures is a part of the IPPD program that involves the formation of virtual start-up companies to develop engineering prototypes and business collateral (market studies, business plans, investor presentations, etc.) to advance technologies to commercialization and provide students with a real world engineering entrepreneurship education.  The program brings together undergraduate engineer, MBA, and law students under the direction of a virtual start-up company management team – an externally recruited serial entrepreneur who serves as the company CEO and faculty coaches who serve as the company management.  Fort further information, please review the Integrated Product and Process Design Site.

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Divergent Thinking (EGS 4100 / EGS 6100)

This course introduces engineering students to concepts of multiple forms of intelligence, divergent thinking, and engineering Grand Challenges. Using lectures, in-class exercises, and out-of-class experiences, the course helps students cultivate multiple forms of intelligence and develop divergent thinking skills. Students apply skills gained to develop an innovative solution to an engineering Grand Challenge.  For further information, please review the Divergent Thinking Course Summary.

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Engineering Leadership Institute Courses:

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Engineering Leadership (EGS 4038 / EGS 6039)

This course introduces engineering students to the concepts, theory, and practice of leadership, managing change, leading through crisis and conflict, developing effective teams, and understanding real-world leadership values. The course is delivered in a real-world context through exercises and lectures by industry, academic and government leaders. For further information, please review the Engineering Leadership Course Summary.

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Advanced Engineering Leadership Development (EGS 4680 / EGS 6681)

Like most modern-day businesses, engineering-based industries and companies must also survive and grow in an uncertain and rapidly-changing business environment. Engineering leaders must help their organizations become “learning machines”, integrating strategic intent in the way they think, behave and influence their organization and the staff. Leaders who learn, practice and effectively apply strategic leadership skills can catalyze the organization’s learning process and help create and sustain competitive advantage. This course extends the comprehensive leadership learning and development process for engineering students into the subject of strategic leadership. Course completion is one of the prerequisites for obtaining the undergraduate Engineering Leadership Certificate to be offered by the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering. For further information, please review the Advanced Engineering Leadership Development Course Summary

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Engineering Professionalism and Ethics (EGS 4034)

This course introduces and reinforces the concept, theory, and practice of engineering ethics. Through case studies, videos, teamwork, and guest lecturers, students explore the relationship between ethics and engineering and apply classical moral theory and decision making to engineering issues encountered in academic and professional careers.  For further information, please review the Engineering Professionalism and Ethics Course Summary.

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Fundamentals of Engineering Project Management (EGS 4625 / EGS 6626)

In today’s cost-competitive and often complex work environment, engineers are very likely to be called upon to manage projects (or tasks) that implement their stakeholders’, or company’s products, services, or developments in an optimized, efficient manner. The Project Manager serves as an assimilator or integrator of the components of the project utilizing an in-depth and thorough understanding of leadership and management principles that embrace both knowledge and experience in building the structure, processes, components, and linkages within the team for successful project delivery.  For further information, please review the Fundamentals of Engineering Project Management Course Summary.

Advanced Engineering Project Management (EIN 4905 / ESI 6900)*

Advanced Engineering Project Management expands on foundational project management practices to include complex as well as new project delivery concepts. Topics include project acquisition; negotiation skills; advanced risk planning and management; program management; project life cycle models and their applicability; and diagnostics and remedies for problem projects.

Seminar for the Development of Engineering Faculty (EMA 6936 listed under Materials Science and Engineering)

This 1-credit course is offered in conjunction with the Florida Institute for the Development of Engineering Faculty.  The course provides graduate students with a clear understanding of their career options in academia. Student learning outcomes include increased awareness of the qualifications academic institutions seek in hiring new faculty as well as knowing of the requirements for tenure and promotion at these institutions. Course outcomes include the enhanced placement of Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering graduates as tenure track faculty in academic institutions. For further information, please review the Seminar for the Development of Engineering Faculty Course Syllabus.

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* Available Fall 2017 semester. Permanent course numbers EGS 4627 / EGS 6627 have been requested.

Interested students can contact Lawrence Tinker for further information.