The Minor in Innovation Engineering teaches students from any major to create, communicate, and commercialize or otherwise realize meaningfully unique ideas in any field.  The Minor in Innovation Engineering is a university-wide program; courses in Innovation Engineering have been developed by faculty in the colleges of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Engineering, Business Public Policy and Health, Education, Natural Sciences Forestry and Agriculture, and the Division of Lifelong Learning.

Objectives of the Minor in Innovation Engineering: to give students the tools and confidence to create their own opportunities, and to realize a prosperous and sustaining future within or outside organizations, businesses, or institutions.

Outcomes of the Minor in Innovation Engineering: students will be able to lead change within their education, their careers, their affiliations, their communities and their personal lives.

The Minor in Innovation Engineering consists of a minimum 18 credit hours in INV courses, including:

  • 15 credit hours of core courses (INV 121, INV 180, INV 282, INV 392, and INV 401)
  • 3 more hours of 400-level INV courses.

GPA requirements to earn minor: Minimum GPA of 2.9 in courses that count toward the minor.

Minimum Grade requirements for courses to count toward minor: C-

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Innovation Engineering courses give students a complete array of tools and a systematic approach to creating, communicating and commercializing ideas in response to problems and opportunities in any field; they also learn how to lead the process of innovating within organizations – businesses, nonprofits, governments, educational institutions, arts organizations, etc.

Educational Objectives:

The coursework is designed to be ancillary to major work in a specific discipline or central passion. The objective of the Certificate in Innovation Engineering is to give students the skills and confidence to create meaningfully unique solutions to problems in their chosen fields, to communicate the benefits of their innovations and to test and realize their innovative ideas. The course sequence achieves these objectives by teaching the fundamentals of Innovation Engineering in INV 121, advanced skills of creating in INV 180, communicating in INV 282, and commercializing in INV 392.

Eligible students:

Undergraduate students matriculated in any field may take coursework in Innovation Engineering. These students should notify Foster Center for Student Innovation, (207) 581-1454, uminnovation@maine.edu.

Undergraduate non-degree students (students who have not yet earned a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent) may apply for admission to the Certificate of Innovation by contacting the Foster Center for Student Innovation. Non-degree students typically register for classes through the University’s Division of Lifelong Learning. Except for courses offered through Continuing Education/Summer Session, the University allows non-degree registration in regular courses on a space-available basis.

Course Sequence:

The core courses required for the undergraduate certificate are INV 121 – Fundamentals, INV 180 – Create, INV 282 – Communicate, and INV 392 – Commercialize.  Courses should be taken in the following order:

  • INV 121 Fundamentals
  • INV 180 Create
  • INV 282 Communicate
  • INV 392 Commercialize

GPA requirements to earn the certificate: Minimum GPA of 2.9 in courses that count toward the certificate.

Minimum Grade requirements for courses to count toward certificate: C-

The Graduate Certificate in Innovation Engineering gives students a complete array of tools and a systematic approach to creating, communicating and commercializing ideas in response to problems and opportunities in any field; they also learn how to lead the process of innovating within organizations—businesses, nonprofits, governments, educational institutions, arts organizations, etc. Graduate students in any field will benefit from having a Graduate Certificate in Innovation Engineering noted on their transcripts, in particular when they want to communicate their credentials to future employers.

Graduate students matriculated in any field may take the graduate coursework in Innovation Engineering; these students should notify the Director of Academic Programs in Innovation Engineering of their intention to complete the Certificate, and apply through the Graduate School.

Graduate non-degree students (students who have earned a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent) may apply for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Innovation Engineering with demonstrated depth of experience or expertise towards implementing projects in a specific area; to apply, submit the Graduate Certificate Application through the Graduate School, http://www.umaine.edu/graduate/admissions/application-information.

Educational Objectives

Students will be able to use Innovation Engineering tools and methods to create and realize innovative, meaningfully unique solutions to problems in their chosen fields.
Students will be able to communicate the benefits of their innovations to target audiences.
Students will be able to apply fundamental theories and methods to work with teams or client groups to solve problems in any field.

Required Courses

  • INV 510 Innovation Engineering Accelerated
  • INV 511 Experience: Innovation Engineering Case Study
  • INV 590 Using Innovation: Proposal & Project

Graduate students earn the Graduate Certificate in Innovation Engineering by completing, in this order, INV 510, INV 511, and INV 590 with a grade of B- or better in each course. Students must complete the coursework for the certificate within a period of five years.

For a more information on the Graduate Certificate, please visit UMaine Online.

For more information on how to register, please click here

Minimum Grade requirements for courses to count toward certificate: B-