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Academic Entrepreneurship: a New Paradigm for Higher Education

Release Date:
2/7/2013 12:00 AM

Christos Christodoulatos, features Christos Christodoulatos


The Alvine Engineering Professional Effectiveness and Enrichment Program present a lecture by Dr. Christos Christodoulatos investigating the value of academic entrepreneurship (AE) in higher education and potential societal benefits. For the past thirty years, the fundamental functions of American universities have been changing. On many campuses entrepreneurship now complements education and research.  The research and educational functions have been broadened to support and enable the creation of businesses to maximize the return on technology. This broadened perspective is often called academic entrepreneurship (AE and proposes that the university as a whole serves as catalyst to the output; therefore, a holistic culture has to be created to involve and motivate all stakeholders, particularly students, to create innovations.  Implementation of the basic principles of AE at a small university with limited  resources and modest research expenditures present special challenges whose solution require the commitment and support of all internal stakeholders. It is not possible to implement AE successfully if it operates outside of the academic structure.  Furthermore, institutionalization of AE through proper policies and processes built into the university’s governance structure is the fastest and most efficient way to affect cultural change and gain acceptance of AE by the entire university community.


Dr. Christodoulatos is vice provost for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Stevens Institute of Technology leading the implementation of academic entrepreneurship through the creation of innovative curricula and overseeing the commercialization of the Institute’s intellectual property.  He has been teaching and performing research in environmental engineering since 1988 and serves as a consultant to government and private organizations.  He holds several patents in water and air treatment technology and has authored over ninety articles in journals, conference proceedings, and handbooks. He has a B.E. and M.E. in Chemical Engineering from City College of the City University of New York, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology. 


March 6, from 12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.             


The Schumann Auditorium in the Tagliatela College of Engineering, Room B120, University of New Haven

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