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Innovation Engineering Course Offered for Spring

Added on: November 19, 2012

Scholarships available to cover course tuition

Chad Everett
Instructor Chad Everett

MACHIAS, Maine – As part of a statewide initiative to build innovation and entrepreneurship in Maine, the University of Maine at Machias is offering a course on Innovation Engineering during the spring 2013 semester. Registration for the course is now open to both current students and community members.

The course, which is team-taught by UMM instructors Chad Everett and Jim Lenke, will focus on creativity as the foundation for generating innovative ideas in any field and how to apply those ideas to the real world.

Innovation Engineering is a concept that is applicable to all majors and industries, from business to biology and English to education.

The course will give students the theories behind and practice using tools to generate meaningfully unique ideas. These tools engage creative stimulus, diversity, and mining for technology and economic, social, and cultural trends. Students will examine case histories that demonstrate how social and cultural contexts and human institutions have been influenced by innovative individuals who have realized original ideas in practice.

An investment from the Blackstone Charitable Foundation has provided 400 scholarships over a three-year period for students in Maine to take Innovation Engineering courses. The scholarship will pay for the full cost of tuition for one Innovation Engineering course at any of the University of Maine System campuses offering the program.

The Create: Innovation Engineering (INV 180) course at UMM will run Tuesday evenings from 5:30 to 8:20 p.m. beginning January 23, 2013.

Students must apply by December 12 to be eligible for the course tuition scholarship.

Information sessions are being held Monday, November 19 at 5:30 and 6 p.m. in room 102 of the Science Building. There will be a short presentation explaining what Innovation Engineering is and how it can benefit your education or career. The instructors will be available to discuss the spring 2013 class, Create: Innovation Engineering, and provide information on the tuition scholarships available for the program.

For more information, contact Chad Everett at 255-1360 or



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