STIA-375 Science Innov & Entrepreneurs
Spring for 2017-2018
Charles Wessner
Economic growth and the innovations that drive it are essential, not only for jobs and new welfare enhancing products, but also to address the challenges the planet faces in health and the environment, for our personal and national security and our corresponding ability to generate societal well-being. Science and technology are now widely recognized as having a profound connection to national economic growth, e.g., new energy production, but also to the global environment, as well as to our health and quality of daily life. Science and technology are also the keys to both our national defense and our personal privacy and security.

This course focuses on the intersection of science, technology and innovation policy – examining the national innovation ecosystem, with a particular focus on health, energy, high-tech products and manufacturing. A major emphasis of the course is the role of public-private-partnerships and the role federal and state government’s role in the innovation ecosystem. The underpinnings of the U.S. innovation system are examined as are the approaches of other nations to science and technology policy. There is a special focus on the steps needed to transition ideas from universities and laboratories to the market and the respective roles of public incentives in combination with angel investors and venture capital. The overall goal is to build a better understanding of the realities of the U.S. innovation system as well as the challenges it faces and the opportunities it provides. The class will conclude with student assessments of policies that could help fill gaps in global innovation and the manufacture of products to meet global needs in health, energy and security--all areas where innovation plays a key role.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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