Columbia Engineering

Below is a look at typical offerings for Columbia Engineering grad students interested in entrepreneurship, innovation, and design. For up-to-date offerings, please visit the school’s class planner and registration page.


Entrepreneurship Bootcamp

Professor: Dave Lerner

Students who have a specific startup idea are invited to apply to a campus-wide Entrepreneurship Bootcamp, designed for Columbia students to get their initial, idea-stage ventures stress- tested, and to form their founding teams.


Building a Successful Startup

Professor: Apoorv Agarwal

Open to Barnard College, Columbia College, Engineering:Undergraduate, Engineering:Graduate, GSAS, General Studies, and Journalism. Selected topics in computer science. Content and prerequisites vary between sections and semesters. May be repeated for credit. Check “topics course” webpage on the department website for more information on each section.


Biomedical Design II 

Professor: Megan Heenan, Lauren Heckelman

A two-semester design sequence to be taken in the senior year. Elements of the design process, with specific applications to biomedical engineering: concept formulation, systems synthesis, design analysis, optimization, biocompatibility, impact on patient health and comfort, health care costs, regulatory issues, and medical ethics.



Professor: William Reinisch

Team project centered course focused on principles of planning, creating, and growing a technology venture.


Managing Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship 

Professor: Gerard Neumann

A required course for undergraduate students majoring in OR:EMS. Focus on the management and consequences of technology-based innovation.


Human-Centered Design and Innovation

Professor: Harry West

Open to SEAS graduate and advanced undergraduate students, Business School, and GSAPP. Students from other schools may apply. Fast-paced introduction to human-centered design. Students learn the vocabulary of design methods, understanding of design process. Small group projects to create prototypes. Design of simple product, more complex systems of products and services, and design of business.


Design for Social Innovation

Professor: Sarah Holloway, Adam Royalty

Design for Social Innovation (DFSI) is a project-based initiative and course where Columbia University students work in teams to solve real-world problems on behalf of social sector clients including nonprofits, social enterprises, and government agencies.