Academic Courses

The TEAM [Master of Science in Technical Entrepreneurship and Management] program has developed five entrepreneurship courses in conjunction with the Simon Business School specifically tailored for students in this degree program. Required core and elective courses are listed below.

TEM 401: Economics, Marketing and Strategy Primer for Entrepreneurs (4 credits)

This course is designed to present fundamental concepts of microeconomics, marketing and strategy, which will form the foundation for understanding the economic marketplace and to provide the basis for assessing entrepreneurial opportunities. The course will begin with a study of consumer and firm behavior and the resulting demand and supply conditions in individual markets. Factors which affect market structure, prices, output levels, firm profitability and consumer welfare will be addressed in this context. A critical question facing entrepreneurs and others developing new products or services is determining whether the market potential for a product justifies the investment. Building on the economic model, the course will explore marketing issues, in particular the value proposition for new products. The course concludes with an examination of strategies for both the development and marketing of new products and services. Topics include strategies for market entry (stand alone, joint venture, licensing), distribution policies, pricing policies and product positioning.

TEM 402: Accounting and Finance Primer for Entrepreneurs (4 credits)

This course is designed to present the fundamentals of financial accounting and financial analysis that will serve as a foundation for concepts developed throughout subsequent courses in the entrepreneurship program. The objectives of this course are to enable participants to understand and productively use the principles of finance and accounting information to better structure business decisions. The accounting module will present skills required to interpret and analyze common financial statements, and evaluate a company’s past performance and potential future performance. Specific topics of discussion will include transaction analysis, cash vs. accrual accounting, financial statements, financial statement analysis, development of budgets and pro-forma financial statements, depreciation methodologies, and inventory methodologies. The financial module will present skills required to understand how companies make investment and financing decisions. Specific topics of discussion will include calculation of net present values, an introduction to financial instruments, the tradeoff between risk and return in financial markets, capital budgeting and investment decision-making, choosing an optimal capital structure, and using the weighted average cost of capital.

TEM 411: General Management of New Ventures (4 credits)

This course provides an opportunity to examine the management practices associated with technical innovation and new business development. The analysis of entrepreneurship is evaluated primarily from the perspective of a start-up venture that requires equity capital investment. Management issues discussed include organizational development, analysis of market opportunities, market engagement, financial planning and control, capitalization, sources of funds, the due-diligence process, and valuing the venture. Teams of three to four students will collaborate in the preparation of a business plan. The course will include time for students to share business ideas and identify possible team members. Each team will have a coach who is an experienced businessperson. The coach will be available to provide feedback to the team.

TEM 440: Screening Technical Opportunities (1 credit)

This course provides a process used to quickly assess the commercial merits of raw technologies. This course focuses on the very earliest stage of concepts where information is greatly lacking and the time and money to research such answers is also limited. Students, in group format, will parse through approximately 150 technologies that are available for licensing. These are provisional, pending, and issued patents based upon research conducted at the University of Rochester and held by the Office of Technology Transfer. Teams will select and “thicken” two technologies of interest. Thickening will involve a cursory evaluation based upon technical merit, early market indicators, human resource availability, and business challenges. Teams will use a template to present the results of their investigation to a panel. Teams must state whether or not each technology is worthy to bring forward into TEM 441: Product Development and Technical Management.

TEM 441: Product Development and Technical Management (4 credits)

In this class, students will explore system engineering via the ISO9000 product development process and will illustrate how to use this process to develop both products and research systems that meet necessary specifications. The first eight weeks emphasize system integration including the development of the product development plans, partitioning of a system into subsystems, quantitative analysis of system performance and the role of prototypes. The second half of the semester emphasizes the planning needed to take systems to manufacture. During the course students will prepare a product development plan on a project that was selected during TEM 440: Screening Technical Opportunities. The course is intended to be interactive. A portion of the classes will be dedicated to “brain-storming” solutions to technical problems and formal design reviews where the students will review the project plans of other students.

Entrepreneurship Electives

Entrepreneurship Courses

Students who wish to bolster their business background can choose an entrepreneurship elective. Students choosing to pursue this option will take a graduate level business course offered by the Simon Business School. This is a unique opportunity for students to further immerse themselves in business curriculum all while taking courses with Simon School graduate students. Professor Ronald Goettler will advise TEAM students on course selection and students will register for a course tailored to their business interests. Class schedules and course descriptions for possible entrepreneurship electives can be found on the Simon Business School’s website.

Technical Courses

Technical electives enable students to customize their technical coursework to satisfy their academic preferences. Elective offerings are designed to provide variety, flexibility, and breadth of knowledge. Though not required by the TEAM program, students are encouraged to choose a technical concentration outside of their undergraduate major.

For course descriptions and scheduling please visit the Office of the University Registrar or the department website.

BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING

Required for a Biomedical Engineering Concentration
(Students will choose at least one course from the following

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TEB 411 Cellular and Molecular Biological Foundations (recommended for non-biology and TEB students)
BIO 426 Developmental Biology
IND 408 Advanced Biochemistry
IND 409 Cell Biology
IND 410 Molecular Biology and Genetics
IND 447 Signal Transduction

Electives for a Biomedical Engineering Concentration
(Students will choose at least two courses from the following)

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TEB 418 Introduction to Neuroengineering
TEB 420 Biomedical Nanotech
TEB 428 Physiological Control Systems
TEB 442 Microbiomechanics
TEB 451 Biomedical Ultrasound
TEB 452 Medical Imaging-Theory & Implementation
TEB 453 Ultrasound Imaging
TEB 454 Principles of Magnetic Resonance Imaging
TEB 460 Quantitative Physiology
TEB 462 Cell & Tissue Engineering
TEB 466 Bioprocess Engineering
TEB 483 Biosolid Mechanics
TEB 485 Cell & Membrane Mechanics
TEB 515 Advanced Topics in Neural Control of Movement
TEC 469 Biotechnology and Bioengineering
TEO 476 Biomedical Optics

CHEMICAL ENGINEERING

Required for a Chemical Engineering Concentration
(Students will choose at least three courses from the following)

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TEC 413 Engineering of Soft Matter
TEC 430 Organic Electronics
TEC 441 Advance Transport Phenomena
TEC 454 Interfacial Engineering
TEC 458 Electrochemical Engineering & Fuel Cells
TEC 460 Solar Cells
TEC 464 Biofuels
TEC 465 Sustainable Chemical Processes
TEC 469 Biotechnology and Bioengineering
TEC 476 Polymer Synthesis
TEC 480 Chemistry of Advanced Materials
TEC 482 Processing Microelectric Device
TEC 485 Thermodynamics & Statistical Mechanics
TEC 486 Polymer Physics
TEC 487 Surface Analysis

COMPUTER SCIENCE

Electives for a Computer Science Concentration
(students will choose at least one course from the following)

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TCS 442 Artificial Intelligence
TCS 444 Logical Foundations of Artificial Intelligence
TCS 446 Machine Learning
TCS 452 Computer Organization
TCS 453 Dynamic Languages and Software Development
TCS 454 Programming Language Design and Implementation
TCS 455 Software Performance and Correctness
TCS 456 Operating Systems
TCS 480 Computer Models and Limitations
TCS 482 Design and Analysis of Efficient Algorithms
TCS 484 Advanced Algorithms
TCS 486 Computational Complexity

DATA SCIENCE

Electives for a Data Science Concentration
(students will choose at least two courses from the following)

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TCS 440 Introduction to Data Mining
TCS 442 Artificial Intelligence
TCS 446 Machine Learning

Required for students without undergraduate statistics, and recommended for students who are not proficient in statistics

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STT 213 Elements of Probability and Math Statistics

 

Electives for a Data Science Concentration

(students will choose at least two courses from the following)

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TEE 407 Advanced GPU Programming and Cloud Computing
TCS 446 Mathematical Foundations of Artificial Intelligence
TCS 449 Machine Vision
TCS 453 Dynamic Languages and Software Development
TCS 458 Parallel and Distributed Computing
TCS 461 Database Systems
TCS 462 Computational Introduction to Statistics
TCS 485 Algorithms and Elections
TCS 576 Advanced Machine Learning and Optimization
TCS 577 Advanced Topics in Computer Vision

ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING

Electives for an Electrical and Computer Engineering Concentration in Biomedical Ultrasound
(students will choose three courses from the following)

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TEE 452 Medical Imaging – Theory and Implementation
TEE 446 Digital Signal Processing
TEE 432 Acoustic Waves
TEE 447 Digital Image Processing
TEB 451 Biomedical Ultrasound
TEB 453 Advanced Biomedical Ultrasound

Electives for an Electrical and Computer Engineering Concentration in Solid State Electronics (students will choose one course from the following)

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TEE 420 Introduction to Solid State
TEE 423 Semiconductor Devices

Electives for an Electrical and Computer Engineering Concentration in Solid State Electronics
(students will choose two courses from the following)

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TEE 425 Superconductivity and the Josephson Effect
TEE 434 Microelectromechanical Systems
TEE 435 Intro to Optoelectronics
TEO 421 Optical Properties of Materials
TEE 466 RF and Microwave Integrated Circuits

Electives for an Electrical and Computer Engineering Concentration in VLSI/IC Microelectronic Design
(students will choose three courses from the following)

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TEE 461 Introduction to VLSI
TEE 462 Advanced CMOS VLSI Design
TEE 463 VLSI Error Control Systems
TEE 464 Fundamentals of VLSI Testing
TEE 466 RF and Microwave Integrated Circuits
TEE 467 Advanced Analog Integrated Circuits Design
TEE 468 Advanced Analog CMOS
TEE 520 Spin Based Electronics
TEE 565 Performance Issues in VLSI/IC Design & Analysis

Required for an Electrical and Computer Engineering Concentration in Communications

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TEE 444 Digital Communications

Electives for an Electrical and Computer Engineering Concentration in Communications
(students will choose two courses from the following)

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TEE 445 Wireless Communications
TEE 440 Introduction to Random Processes
TEE 441 Detection & Estimation Theory
TEE 446 Digital Signal Processing
TEE 450 Information Theory
TCS 457 Computer Networks

Electives for an Electrical and Computer Engineering Concentration in Fields and Waves
(students will choose three courses from the following)

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TEE 432 Acoustic Waves
TEE 434 Microelectromechanical Systems
TEE 435 Intro to Optoelectronics
TEE 445 Wireless Communications
TEE 466 RF and Microwave Integrated Circuits

Required for an Electrical and Computer Engineering Concentration in Opto-Electronics

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TEE 435 Intro to Optoelectronics

Electives for an Electrical and Computer Engineering Concentration in Opto-Electronics
(students will choose two courses from the following)

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TEE 420 Introduction to Solid State
TEE 423 Semiconductor Devices
TEO 421 Optical Properties of Semiconductors
TEO 425 Radiation and Detectors
TEE 436 Nanophotonic and Nanomechanical Devices

Required for an Electrical and Computer Engineering Concentration in Computer Design

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TEE 401 Advanced Computer Architecture

Electives for an Electrical and Computer Engineering Concentration in Computer Design
(students will choose two courses from the following)

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TEE 404 Multiprocessor Architecture
TEE 405 Advanced Digital Design Using FPGA
TEE 406 GPU Parallel Programming Using C/C++
TEE 407 Advanced GPU Programming and Cloud Computing
TCS 455 Software Performance and Correctness
TCS 456 Operating Systems
TCS 458 Parallel & Distributed Systems

Electives for an Electrical and Computer Engineering Concentration in Musical Acoustics and Signal Processing
(students will choose three courses from the following)

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TEE 433 Musical Acoustics
TEE 446 Digital Signal Processing
TEE 471 Computational Music Representation
TEE 472 Audio Signal Processing for Analysis and Synthesis of Music
TEE 479 Audio Recording Technology
TCS 473 Computational Models of Music

ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Entrepreneurship Courses

Recommended for an Energy and the Environment Concentration

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TEC 488 Introduction to Energy Systems

Electives for an Energy and the Environment Concentration
(students will choose at least two courses from the following)

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TEC 458 Electrochemical Engineering & Fuel Cells
TEC 460 Solar Cells
TEC 464 Biofuels
TEC 465 Sustainable Chemical Processes
TEC 469 Biotechnology and Bioengineering
TEC 472 Energy Systems’ Economics and Modeling
TEC 482 Processing Microelectronic Devices
TEE 427 Electric Power: Conversion, Transmission, and Consumption
TME 434 Introduction to Plasma Physics I
TME 435 Introduction to Plasma Physics II
TME 453 Introduction to Nuclear Engineering
TME 460 Thermodynamics of Solids
TME 466 Electrochemistry and Corrosion
CHM 466 Nuclear Science and Technology
CHM 486 Energy: Science, Technology and Society
EES 412 Climate Change Perspectives from Chemical Oceanography
EES 414 Geospatial Data Analysis
EES 416 Environmental Geochemistry
EES 418 The Chemistry of Global Change
EES 422 Energy Resources

MATERIALS SCIENCE

Entrepreneurship Courses

Students must choose one course from Area 1, and one course from two different areas selected from Areas 2, 3, and 4, as listed below. If a student chooses to take a four-course cluster, the fourth course may be any course listed below.

Area 1
(students will choose one course from the following)

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TME 424 Introduction to Robust Design and Quality Engineering
TME 445 Precision Instrument Design
TME 462 Experimental Materials Science

Area 2
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TME 408 Phase Transformation in Metals and Alloys
TME 461 Fracture and Adhesion
TME 463 Microstructures
TME 481 Mechanical Properties of Materials
TME 411 Mechanical Properties of Polymers
TMS 492 Fuel Cell Materials

Area 3 (students may choose one from this list)

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TME 408 Phase Transformation in Metals and Alloys
TEC 480 Chemistry of Advanced Materials
TEC 486 Poly Science & Engineering
TEC 487 Polymer Rheology and Processing
TEC 458 Electrochemical Engineering and Fuel Cells
TMS 492 Fuel Cell Materials

Area 4 (students may choose one from this list)

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TEE 420 Introduction to Solid State
TEE 423 Semiconductor Devices
TEC 480 Chemistry of Advanced Materials
TEC 487 Polymer Rheology and Processing
TEO 421 Optical Properties of Semiconductors
TEE 435 Intro to Optoelectronics
TEC 482 Processing Microelectronic Devices
TMS 492 Fuel Cell Materials

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

Entrepreneurship Courses

Students must choose one course from Area 1, and one course from two different areas selected from Areas 2, 3, and 4, as listed below. If a student chooses to take a four-course cluster, the fourth course may be any course listed below.

Area 1: Design or Experiment
(students will choose one course from the following)

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TME 424 Introduction to Robust Design and Quality Engineering
TME 445 Precision Instrument Design
TME 462 Solids and Materials Lab

Area 2: Mechanics
(students may choose one from this list)

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TME 407 Advanced Dynamics
TME 432 Opto-Mechanical
TME 436 Compressible Flow
TME 437 Continuum Mechanics
TME 440 Mechanics of Structures
TME 443 Applied Vibrations
TME 444 Continuum Mechanics
TME 449 Elasticity
TME 461 Fracture and Adhesion
TEB 483 Biosolid Mechanics
TME 536 Inertial Confinement Fusion

Area 3: Computation
(students may choose one from this list)

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TME 403 Numerical Methods
TME 432 Opto-Mechanical
TME 441 Finite Elements
TME 458 Nonlinear Finite Elements Analysis

Area 4: Materials
(students may choose one from this list)

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TME 408 Phase Transformation in Metals and Alloys
TME 434 Introduction to Plasma Physics I
TME 460 Thermodynamics of Solids
TME 461 Fracture and Adhesion
TME 463 Microstructures
TME 466 Corrosion
TME 481 Mechanical Properties of Materials

OPTICS

Entrepreneurship Courses

Required for an Optics Concentration
(students will choose two courses from the following)

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TEO 441 Geometrical Optics
TEO 443 Fundamentals of Modern Optical Systems
TEO 463 Wave Optics and Imaging

Electives for an Optics Concentration
(students will choose at least one course from the following)

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TEO 412 Quantum Mechanics for Optics
TEO 421 Optical Properties of Materials
TEO 423 Detection of Optical Radiation
TEO 424 Fundamentals of Lasers
TEO 425 Radiation and Detectors
TEO 427 Optics and Liquid Crystals for Chemical Engineers
TEO 428 Optical Communication Systems
TEO 432 Opto-Mechanics
TEO 433 Optical Fabrication and Testing Technology
TEO 442 Instrumental Optics
TEO 444 Lens Design
TEO 446 Optical Thin Film Coatings
TEO 447 Liquid Crystal Optics
TEO 448 Vision and the Eye
TEO 450 Polarization
TEO 452 Medical Imaging Theory and Implementation
TEO 462 Physical Optics II
TEO 465 Principles of Lasers
TEO 467 Nonlinear Optics
TEO 468 Integrated Photonics