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Program gives students a taste of the real world

November 17, 2015

Six teams of students guided by faculty members from a number of IUPUI schools are competing in this year’s Innovation-to-Enterprise Commercialization program, working on a variety of projects with commercial potential.

The program, known as ITEC, began in spring 2011 as a pilot project and has grown through the years. The students have different skills, interests and backgrounds; they collaborate under a faculty member’s guidance to learn about research commercialization and to develop entrepreneurial and business skills. It is part of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation-to-Enterprise Central.

Team leader Kevin Berkopes, executive director of the Mathematics Assistance Center and Statistics Assistance Center, believes ITEC is transformative for students, schools and the campus. This is his second ITEC team; his current group includes students from the Herron School of Art and Design, the IU School of Informatics and Computing, and the Purdue School of Science, working together to develop a database-driven, customizable mobile app. Berkopes also teams with faculty members Zeb Wood from informatics and Brad McKinney from Herron.

Read more at Inside IUPUI.