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Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship

About EIE

Innovative thinking and an entrepreneurial mindset are keys to any engineer's success individually and to their contributions to technological and social progress. The Entrepreneur in Residence in the College, who reports directly to the Dean, is charged with working collegially with all faculty, administrators, and students to promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. The College is actively expanding the number of programs and activities to help achieve these goals.


A FUN and challenging two-day team-building innovation and business pitch competition!

Free meals, t-shirts and $600 in prize money.

Students from ALL MAJORS welcome - especially FAMU-FSU Engineering Students

Registration Deadline: October 5

Event Information

FAMU-FSU Engineering Shark Tank

FAMU-FSU Engineering hosts a highly competitive and engaging business pitch competition among technology-based commercial venture ideas every spring.

ELIGIBILITY: Teams of two-four students with at least two undergraduate engineering students and no more than one graduate student. A team with engineering underclassmen will be guaranteed to win at least one of the prizes.



3 Credit Hours: Open to both undergraduate and graduate students
Offered every semester (as long as demand exists)

Although the TEC course is primarily offered to enhance the entrepreneurial skills of students in the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, it is open to advanced undergraduate and graduate students of all disciplines. The course simulates, in an academic environment, the process of creating and analyzing business plans for technology-based products or services. Students will form teams and propose technology-based ideas/opportunities. Each team will then analyze the business potential of the idea, addressing key aspects such as competing technologies, the most appropriate target market, intellectual property protection, and the best business model for financial success. The student teams will present the findings from their project in both a final written report and an oral presentation.


In addition to the team projects, the course will include lectures from guest speakers and class discussions on such topics as entrepreneurship, technology product development, lean startup concepts, patent and copyright law, how to conduct a technology market study, sources of financing for start-up companies, and case studies from successful entrepreneurs.


FacultyDr. Mike Devine, Entrepreneur in Residence and Adjunct Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, FAMU-FSU College of Engineering.

TextbookTechnology Ventures: From Idea to Enterprise, Byers, Dorf and Nelson, 3rd Edition. Textbook website


Dr. Michael D. Devine

Entrepreneur in Residence & Professor

Dr. Michael D. Devine

Entrepreneur in Residence & Professor

The Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) in the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering reports to the Dean of Engineering and works collegially with administrators, faculty and students in Engineering and across both the FSU and FAMU campuses. The goal is to promote a culture of entrepreneurship that will enhance engineering students' education and their career options, while also boosting the commercialization of inventions from the college's research. The following are examples of EIR responsibility and activity:

  • Teach a course for engineering students, but open to students from all disciplines, on technology-based entrepreneurship and technology commercialization. The Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization class helps students understand the process of creating and analyzing business plans for new technology-based products or services.
  • Create an Entrepreneurial Option in Engineering Senior Design Projects. The EIR will work with each department to give students the option to select entrepreneurial projects which focus on developing a commercially viable product or process for their Senior Design Project.
  • Organize workshops, seminars and other special events on technology entrepreneurship. These are coordinated and planned with faculty in other academic units across the FSU and FAMU campus.
  • Promote and help organize the participation of engineering students in commercialization/business plan competitions locally, regionally and nationally.
  • Encourage and assist faculty in commercializing their inventions, including helping prepare GAP, SBIR/STTR, etc. grant proposals to boost activity and improve success rates.
  • Lead the effort to establish an engineering technology commercialization lab and business incubator that could be used by faculty and students to develop prototypes of their commercial ideas and serve as incubator for early stage businesses.



Dr. Michael D. Devine
2525 Pottsdamer Street
Tallahassee, FL 32310-6046
  (850) 410-6378