Programs

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CO-OP

The Sherman Center Co-op provides entrepreneurial engineers the opportunity to focus solely on their own ventures for a six month co-op period, and are financially supported via alumni philanthropy during this time. The program challenges students to push their ventures forward by defining and working towards monthly goals, and leveraging all aspects of the Sherman Center.

Requirements:

  • Develop milestones to be accomplished at the end of each month.
  • Be at the Sherman Center during daytime business hours, 9:00AM-5:00PM.
  • Submit a 1-page report at the end of each week detailing progress on milestones.
  • Give a formal presentation on progress toward milestones at the end of each month.

Applying:

Look for the position on NU Careers by using the search function

Yoshua Rozen

CEO & Founder of DelivaPart

''The Sherman Center Co-op has been a very unique experience to my college career. It has allowed me to develop myself further as a leader and as an entrepreneur. Throughout these few months I have learned a lot about entrepreneurship and have immersed myself in the entrepreneurial world within the Boston area. Furthermore it has helped me develop skills such as sales pitching, marketing, and project management among others, that I have to use on a daily basis while working on my startup. The supportive staff, advisers and the whole Sherman center community make this experience truly remarkable. It doesn't matter where you go next in life, the things that you learn while in coop are applicable in any industry, job or field.''

Vidhan Bhaiya

I’m a University Scholar at Northeastern University where I’m studying Chemical Engineering and Economics. I’m currently working on a venture to create a high-performance medical footwear. After extensive research, we officially launched on Feb 2019 and we are selling pan-India.

Tuan Ho

CEO & Co-founder of Scholarjet

''The Sherman Center co-op has undoubtedly been one of the best things that has ever happened to me and ScholarJet. It gave me a chance to fully experience what it feels like to be a full time entrepreneur. I got a chance to focus on my startup 24/7 and was able to build connections which I wouldn't have been been able to make working on my venture part time. This experience helped push ScholarJet to have the first-ever action-based scholarship event.''

Abbey Titcomb

CEO & Founder of Knightly

''The Sherman Center Co-op has been a critical component of my venture’s development. Not only did it give me the financial means to work full-time on my venture for six months, but it gave me the opportunity to fully experience the life of a founder without imposing on my educational requirements. During my co-op not only did I make exponential process on Knightly, but I established myself as a part of the Boston entrepreneur network. This allowed me to develop a strong foundation to build off when I graduate. This experience has allowed me to grow the confidence needed to venture onto the entrepreneurship path. Because I was given the opportunity to experience what it is to run a startup, I feel more prepared and informed for what it’s going to take to start my own business.''

Hear from past Co-ops!

Katie Wilhoit, on her venture "Unsize"

“We all get dressed every day and what we wear tells a piece of the story of who we are. I’m a 5’4 lady who feels the most confident in men-styled shirts but has a hard time finding what fits online. The problem of navigating clothing online sparked Unsize. Unsize believes size labels don’t fit and personalizes an experience where you can find what makes you feel good online without thinking about size or worrying about vanity.”

Juan Dasso, on his venture "SuperWall"

“I was born in Bogota, Colombia and have also lived in Lima, Peru were my venture idea came about.  My venture concept is to provide Emergency (Temporary) Homes made out of a special material called SuperWall.  This Venture started off when I realized the immense positive effect low-income housing had on impoverished communities.  I realized that not only were these homes improving the lives of the families receiving the home but also the economic growth and development of the certain communities.  From this Low-Income housing market my idea of proving Emergency “temporary” Homes came about.  Peru suffered a natural disaster about a year ago that led to hundreds of thousands of families with out homes. At this point I realized that instead of these families receiving wooden or plastic homes that are not durable and are a health issue why don’t I provide them with my SuperWall panel homes. (SuperWall is a structural compound made of fiber-cement boards combined through a structural cellulose and special glue that makes it rigid and durable.)”

Inspire, build, support, and educate the next generation of entrepreneurial product-builders at Northeastern University.

Generate is a student-run product development studio with the goals of creating, educating, and growing product-driven engineers, designers, and entrepreneurs. There will be multiple programs to make this possible, including a product development build studio, product development education and seminars, and the creation of a makerspace.

Learn more by clicking one of the links below:

REV is an exciting Sherman Center and College of Engineering-sponsored mentoring program that seeks to guide engineers through the Northeastern University entrepreneurial ecosystem toward venture creation. By connecting entrepreneurial engineers with Mentorise-relevant engineering alumni, REV envisions a robust entrepreneurial engineer community that is prepared to pursue venture creation with confidence and a high level of skill.

Program Overview & Guidelines
REV Team Commitment
Our Objectives & Values
REV seeks to establish itself as the wide-funnel entry point for the Entrepreneurial Engineer at any stage in venture creation.  By providing various resources and guidance, REV will:

  • Connect Entrepreneurial Engineers with discipline-specific engineering alumni to facilitate the development of potential solutions and perform early stage testing (both technological and market-based);
  • Educate students to find and evaluate technological needs in a solution-agnostic manner while fostering and strengthening their enthusiasm for technological innovation;
  • Propel student concepts forward into the University’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, while guiding them through the hurdles of venture creation.

The Role of REV Teams

Participation in REV is open to all students, recent alumni of less than five years, faculty and staff of the University’s College of Engineering, and, at the approval of the Program Director and Program Manager, to qualified persons in other colleges within the University. As part of the REV program, Teams are encouraged to explore other parts of the University Entrepreneurial Ecosystem while retaining their REV membership. Teams agree to enter into a mentor/mentee relationship with an open mind, and focus their efforts toward professional, academic, personal growth.

Apply to be a REV Team!

Team Relationships with Mentors

Teams will engage with Mentors in an agenda-free, information-sharing relationship for as long as the Team’s needs match the Mentor’s area of expertise, and both parties agree to continue this relationship. Teams will not solicit Mentors for investment or any other roles in their ventures. Mentors, Teams and the Program Director and/or Manager will seek to officially meet within the Sherman Center every four to six weeks, and casually via REV’s designated Collaboration Tool. Meetings may be in person or via internet-based means such as Skype or BlueJeans.

Apply to be a REV Mentor!

Minor and Courses

The Entrepreneurial Engineering Minor is designed for the technology-minded entrepreneur who seeks to understand disciplinary fundamentals, assess market needs, create technologies, and determine how to manufacture solutions sustainably and economically. Our instructors are real professionals from industry. Also, Generate build studio members can take Generate as a minor course.

Requirements:

Undergraduates in the College of Engineering

• Four (4) Core Entrepreneurial Engineering Courses, and one (1) Elective

Non-engineering Undergraduates

• One (1) Engineering Design Foundational Course (GE1110, Engineering Design)
• Three (3) Core Entrepreneurial Engineering Courses, and one (1) Elective

Core Courses:

Electives:

Elective Courses

Design

ARCH1450:           Understanding Design

ARTE3901:           Art Design and Special Topics

ARTF1122:           2D Fundamentals: Surface and Drawing

ARTF1123:           2D Tools

ARTF1124:           3D Fundamentals: Structure and                                            Drawing

ARTF1125:           3D Tools

ARTG1250:           Design Process: Context and Systems

ARTG3462:           Experience Design 1

ARTG3463:           Experience Design 2

Elective Courses

Manufacturing

IE2310:           Introduction to Industrial Engineering

IE4512:           Engineering Economy

IE4525:           Logistics and Supply Chain Management

IE4530:           Manufacturing Systems and Techniques

IE4600:           Systems Design for Sustainability

What are Sherman events?

The Sherman Center for Entrepreneurial Engineering hosts a variety of events designed to instill entrepreneurship skills within engineers. Experienced professionals in the field come in and share their vast knowledge with students looking to improve their skills in everything from software programs to business strategies.

See Upcoming Events

Past Events

An Entrepreneurial Success Story

For this Generate speaker series, Generate brought in the Northeastern University professor Vincent Harris for a Q&A to teach students about early bootstrapping, Mass venture funding, technology evolution, product development, and the factors behind the growth of Metamagnetics Inc, a company based in Westborough that deploys leading edge and next generate commercial and defense products.

Inspiring Wonder Through Advanced Systems Robotics

As a part of National Engineers Week, Boston Engineering's David Shane came to speak for Generate's speaker series, where he spoke about his experiences with the shifts in technology in the everyday world, from smart homes to augmented reality.

Co-Op and Cupcakes

Co-ops and Cupcakes was an informative panel event featuring two of our past co-ops, Yoshua Rozen and Nader Yacaman Juha. Yosh is the founder of PARTRUNNER, that aims to revolutionize how service technicians, part suppliers, and home-owners get parts in a more efficient manner. Nader is the founder of IC Health, which aims to provide the Central American region with ground-breaking medical equipment to improve healthcare. This was an opportunity to hear both of them discuss their ventures, how the Sherman Center co-op helped them grow their venture, as well as ask them questions! Everyone also enjoyed the Georgetown cupcakes that were served!

The Essential Steps of Product Development

For this Generate speaker series, Generate teamed up with one of the largest clubs on campus, the Entrepreneurs Club. Our speaker was Christ Quintero, from Bolt Venture Capital Firm, a Boston based company designed specifically for teaming up mechanical engineering ventures with investors and mentoring partners. Bolt focuses on the intersection of hardware and software, and addresses the needs of early stage startups.

ICorps Training

This event launched a training program for aspiring graduate and post graduate entrepreneurial engineers with venture teams, who want to learn how to launch a new company with their own lab research and technology. The program consisted of six sessions and took place over the course of eleven weeks. They provided up to $3,000 to venture teams to support the costs of their research, prototyping, and system designs.

NEXPO

As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, NEXPO is the annual venture showcase event for IDEA. Students interested in starting their own company, industry professionals looking to share their experiences, and entrepreneurship enthusiast interested in learning about the cutting edge of technology in startups were all invited to the event. NEXPO is a powerful platform to connect at Northeastern and beyond.

Designing for Everyday Inclusivity

As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, Mosaic hosted an ideation workshop. Design is a process: from inspiration, ideation, and implementation. Mosaic focused on the ideation piece, walking students through their problem statement, determining audience, identifying opportunities for innovation, and rapid idea generation and prototyping processes.

Dream, Discover, Disrupt

As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, Dream, Discover, Disrupt is a celebration of the successes of the university's innovation ecosystem.

Venture Capital with Ed McCarthy

Engineering alumnus and Managing Director of River Cities Capital Funds, Edward McCarthy, shared his personal insight on venture capital in an interactive, small-group dinner and discussion.

Meet The Sherman Center

Undergraduate students were given the opportunity to explore their inner entrepreneur and “Meet the Sherman Center” in 008C Hayden Hall! Undergraduates learned about The Sherman Center's programs and chatted with engineering students who are building real products and ventures. The first 100 students earned a free T-Shirt.