Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education

Societal impact through engineering innovation

Societal impact through innovation

The Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education offers the knowledge, mentoring and resources that students need to conceive and execute entrepreneurial projects of personal and societal impact. The center’s educational opportunities bridge STEM fields and the liberal arts, with classes and programs organized around design, design thinking, and entrepreneurship, all at the intersection of technology and society.

With over 25 courses and two certificate programs, the center reaches over 1,500 students per year. Hundreds more participate in the accelerator, social-impact program, global startup-immersion internship program and yearly Innovation Forum. Over 2,500 participate in the robust set of talks and workshops put on by the center every year.

eLab Summer Accelerator

Among the many offerings, the eLab Summer Accelerator nurtures student-conceived startups through the stages of market exploration, product development, marketing, fundraising and many other steps needed to form a successful company. Since its
inception in 2012, the program has graduated 59 startups, with two-thirds of the founders still operating. Over a third are social-entrepreneurship ventures and almost half were founded or led by women or underrepresented groups.

Innovation Forum

Innovations from across campus are celebrated at the Keller Center's annual Innovation Forum, which affords faculty, postdocs and graduate students an opportunity to pitch innovations with commercial, social and cultural impact to an audience of investors, industry, government and not-for-profit experts.

"The Keller Center envisions a community rooted in knowledge and shared interest in solving challenging societal problems, where students proactively and confidently work together with on- and off-campus stakeholders, harnessing innovation to create and implement sustainable solutions.”

Cornelia Huellstrunk
Executive Director
Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education

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