BOSTON – June 12, 2008 –Tucker Marion, Ph.D., Assis­tant Pro­fessor at North­eastern University’s School of Tech­no­log­ical Entre­pre­neur­ship (STE), has been awarded a 2008 Dell Design Edu­cator Award. Marion teaches the core STE course for grad­uate stu­dents “Man­aging a Technology-​​Based Busi­ness” and worked closely with the stu­dents to help them develop con­cep­tual designs for Dell’s ReGen­er­a­tion Com­pe­ti­tion during this past Spring semester. The award rec­og­nizes Pro­fessor Marion’s ded­i­ca­tion to his stu­dents during this com­pe­ti­tion, pro­viding men­tor­ship as they worked together to bring their ideas to fruition.

The chal­lenge set forth by Dell is to develop the most envi­ron­men­tally respon­sible com­puter tech­nology. Marion, who built this con­test into the course cur­riculum, was able to oversee his stu­dents from con­cept to design, allowing them to see what goes into starting a business.

Marion was selected as one of eleven recip­i­ents of this inter­na­tional award. In order to qualify, Marion specif­i­cally tai­lored this pro­gram to fit in with the STE cur­riculum, pro­moting an envi­ron­ment of real-​​world sit­u­a­tions with real-​​world solu­tions. By bringing together stu­dents that are experts in engi­neering, math, busi­ness or sci­ence, the groups were able to col­lab­o­rate and develop a multi-​​faceted and inter­dis­ci­pli­nary model, keeping with the spirit of entrepreneurship.

My stu­dents were given a budget and the task of con­cep­tu­ally designing and devel­oping a sus­tain­able com­puter system,” said Marion, whose class of 25 stu­dents was divided into four groups. “Each group worked with external indus­trial designers, cre­ating a true start-​​up envi­ron­ment and entre­pre­neurial spirit for the project.”

The stu­dents had eight weeks to com­plete their design, and their entries were sub­mitted to the Dell ReGen­er­a­tion Com­pe­ti­tion. The entries included two energy-​​efficient laptop designs and two other home power man­age­ment solutions.

Marion hopes to increase the funding for these teams next year and col­lab­o­rate with stu­dents at the Mass Col­lege of Art.

For more infor­ma­tion about Prof. Marion’s award, or about STE, please con­tact Jenny Eriksen at (617) 373‑2802 or via email at j.​eriksen@​neu.​edu.

About the School of Tech­no­log­ical Entrepreneurship

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity has been a leader in teaching tech­nology for a cen­tury, and we con­tinue this tra­di­tion with our School of Tech­no­log­ical Entre­pre­neur­ship. We are a center of mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary activity that edu­cates stu­dents from sci­ence, com­puting, engi­neering, health sci­ences and busi­ness, and draws on the exper­tise of fac­ulty mem­bers from a wide range of dis­ci­plines and pro­fes­sional fields. Stu­dents study topics including intel­lec­tual prop­erty rights, tech­nology licensing, product devel­op­ment strate­gies, mar­keting, finance and busi­ness plan devel­op­ment. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit www​.ste​.neu​.edu.

About North­eastern

Founded in 1898, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is a pri­vate research uni­ver­sity located in the heart of Boston. North­eastern is a leader in inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research, urban engage­ment, and the inte­gra­tion of class­room learning with real-​​world expe­ri­ence. The university’s dis­tinc­tive coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion pro­gram, where stu­dents alter­nate semes­ters of full-​​time study with semes­ters of paid work in fields rel­e­vant to their pro­fes­sional inter­ests and major, is one of the largest and most inno­v­a­tive in the world. The Uni­ver­sity offers a com­pre­hen­sive range of under­grad­uate and grad­uate pro­grams leading to degrees through the doc­torate in six under­grad­uate col­leges, eight grad­uate schools, and two part-​​time divi­sions. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit www​.north​eastern​.edu.