Innovation in Cleantech + Market Opportunity = Solutions for the Planet
ENGR 498, ENVIR 495, ENTRE 443/543
Fall Quarter 2013 (2credits)
Tuesdays 4:00-5:50 pm, Paccar Hall 394
Instructor: Deborah Hagen-Lukens, dlhagen
No prerequisites, recommended for juniors, seniors and grad students
The goal is to discover the universe of cleantech solutions to our most pressing environmental challenges and to raise awareness of how you might be part of that solution. You’ll form teams around problems you identify, and present your solutions to the class. Although not required, teams are invited to compete in the UW Environmental Innovation Challenge April 3, 2014.
The seminar consists of a selection of required readings and a series of industry experts who will speak on a specific cleantech topic. You will work in teams to present a proposed solution to an environmental problem. The final deliverable for the class is a 5-10 minute presentation.
Required Text: The Way Out: Kick-Starting Capitalism to Save Our Economic Ass, by L. Hunter Lovins and Boyd Cohen. Course topics will include:
- Environmental challenges and opportunities linked to cleantech.
- How to translate an idea into an actual device/product/company
- Market assessment (who would be the customer for this product or service?)