Activities related to innovation and entrepreneurship are increasing exponentially at our Faculty, and much of the success is due to professors, students and alumni working more closely to bring innovative ideas to market.
McGill EngInE, the Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre, would be the centrepiece of a concerted program at the Faculty of Engineering to enhance education, nurture innovative ideas and coordinate entrepreneurial efforts.
Tentatively named the McGill EngInE (the McGill Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre), the proposed entrepreneurial hub would focus on technology based innovation at the Faculty of Engineering and serve as a resource centre for other technology driven entrepreneurial ventures across McGill.
A growing number of Faculty of Engineering professors are using innovative teaching strategies in their classrooms, encouraging students to take responsibility for their learning rather than just passively receive information.
The new Sustainability Institute will use resources in multiple ways to assist professors, graduate students and undergraduates to provide intellectual leadership and promote university outreach and public interaction.
McGill Engineering has long recognized the value of entrepreneurship in building a strong research program, but until recently funding and resource issues hindered Faculty efforts to help professors and students commercialize their research and encourage business start-ups.
Social entrepreneurship also plays a major role at McGill’s Faculty of Engineering, as evidenced by School of Urban Planning Professor Ahmed El-Geneidy’s work in helping to shape government transport policy.
Two institutes were established recently in areas of strategic importance to the Faculty of Engineering: the Institute for Sustainability in Engineering and Design (ISEAD) and the McGill Institute for Aerospace Engineering (MIAE). Among other things, the institutes enhance teaching, improve employment opportunities for students and serve as windows on the world for McGill Engineering.