“This is exactly what we need”
“The Engineering Entrepreneurs Program is a critical component of our overall academic program in the College of Engineering. The National Academy of Engineering has published a book entitled Educating the Engineer of 2020: Adapting Engineering Education to the New Century. The book speaks specifically of the need to incorporate interdisciplinary teams, leadership, and entrepreneurial skills and thinking into the engineering curriculum. This is exactly what the EEP does, and exactly what we need to ensure that our graduates have the tools they need to be successful in the 21st century.”
– Dr. Louis A. Martin-Vega
Dean, College of Engineering – NC State University
“I’m proud to be associated with this unique program.”
“I have been very favorably impressed with the Engineering Entrepreneurial Program at NCSU. The caliber and enthusiasm of students has been exceptional and there is obviously much 1/1 interaction and mentoring provided by the talented faculty/leadership. The annual Silicon Valley trip is unique among universities, to my knowledge, and I think it helps to blend some real-world pragmatism into the academic environment.
It’s been my experience that a wealth of talent exists among America’s top academic institutions but very little knowledge about how to commercialize ideas and concepts under real-world circumstances and constraints. This is the space in which the EEP distinguishes itself as I believe its developing the technology pioneers of tomorrow. I’m very pleased and proud to be associated with this unique program.”
-Tony J. Blevins
Senior Corp. Director, iPod/iPhone, Apple Inc.
NCSU School of Engineering – Class of ’89
“I’m always impressed”
“I wish that the EEP existed when I was a student at NC State! This program is providing great experience, exposure, and opportunity to these future entrepreneurs. I’m always impressed by their passion for knowledge and technology, as well as their astute observations. I look forward to their visit every year!”
-Joe Britt, co-founder and CTO, Danger, Inc.
NCSU School of Engineering – Class of ’93
“I wish we had more university programs like the EEP”
“Budding entrepreneurs should “making meaning” with their entrepreneurial pursuits. The NC State EEP students learned the meaning of meaning by visiting with many Silicon Valley thought leaders and learning their secrets. My mantra is to “empower entrepreneurs,” and I wish we had more university programs like the EEP to help do exactly that.
Guy Kawasaki, co-founder of Truemors, managing director of Garage Technology Ventures, author of “The Art of the Start”, “Rules for Revolutionaries, “How to Drive your competition Crazy”, “Selling the Dream”, “The Macintosh Way”, “Hindsights”, “Database 101”, and “The Computer Curmudgeon.”
“The NC State Engineering Entrepreneurs Program is setting the bar for grooming the technology entrepreneurs of tomorrow. Never have I met such a sharp and engaging group of future entrepreneurial rock stars as the group of EEP students that I meet on their annual Silicon Valley field trip.”
General Partner, Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield, and Byers
Author of The Monk and the Riddle
“What a great program!”
“I always enjoy it when the NC State EEP students come to town for their spring break. We have great discussions about all things entrepreneurial, and the students are so knowledgeable and well-prepared. What a great program! Go, Pack!”
Chairman of the Board, Intuit