MSE Student Innovation Fund

Encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship for the future

The key to transforming the future and meeting the grand challenges of society today is innovation. For a gift of $6000, the School of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) offers a variety of opportunities for companies to contribute to the future with an investment in our students.

The MSE Student Innovation Fund provides the School with the necessary funds to offer our students key opportunities for learning how to solve real-world problems while developing both innovative and entrepreneurial skills. The flexibility of the Innovation Fund allows us to maximize the opportunities to provide our students with skill-sets for making, and leaving, a positive impact on our national and global economy and society.

Sponsorship Opportunities

  • Undergraduate Research Scholarship
  • Capstone Design Course
  • Student Entrepreneurship Competition

Corporate Benefits

  • Early contact with top-tier students.
  • Increased corporate visibility and opportunity for recruiting.
  • Direct observation, mentoring, and evaluation of student talent.
  • Closer ties, involvement, and collaboration with MSE faculty.
  • Student exposure to the corporate culture and benefits of employment with sponsor corporation.
  • Low cost investment with potential for valuable research outcomes.


Sponsorship Opportunities

The Undergraduate Research Scholarship Program offers top-tier students the opportunity to work on designated research projects during the summer following their freshmen year. Students are matched with faculty and industry sponsors to work in an area of mutual interest. The sponsor chooses the broad, general area of research, the student gains valuable research experience, and the company benefits from the research results.

The Capstone Design course allows teams of four to five students to work with a sponsor on a project with real-world application, under the guidance of a company mentor. Sponsors present teams with a unique challenge that has a strong hands-on component. Students build upon their knowledge of design methodology and prior course work, while working closely with their sponsors and faculty throughout the semester.

Design teams perfect their presentation and communication skills as they showcase their efforts at the spring Georgia Tech Capstone Design Expo, where over 1000 students, compete in front of more than 5000 sponsors, industry guests, and families. Project sponsors receive a comprehensive, final report and potential prototype following the Expo.

The Student Entrepreneurship Competition provides MSE students the opportunity to develop and present a material in a new and innovative way, or create a device that employs a material in a novel and inventive way. Students work with both faculty and real-world entrepreneurs to learn the necessary steps, and challenges, of commercializing a new product. Each team receives $1,000 seed money, and the first lesson is determining the most effective use of the money. The culmination of the competition for a $10,000 prize, is a presentation to a real-world angel investor or venture capitalist to move to the next level of funding.


Naresh Thadhani

Alyssa Barnes