Lyle School of Engineering - Program Profile

Academic Programs

Master of Science in Engineering Entrepreneurship

The Master of Science in Engineering Entrepreneurship is a two-semester (31 Credit Hour) cohort-based program in the EMIS Department of the Lyle School of Engineering, offered in concert with the Cox School of Business. A graduate of SMU's M.S. in engineering entrepreneurship will be an engineer who looks at the role of new technology in society with a business perspective. That graduate will have the ability to apply that knowledge to bring new technology to the marketplace. The program thus fills the growing regional and national need for exceptionally trained engineering managers and entrepreneurs to start and to lead new technology ventures.

Master of Arts in Design and Innovation

The Master of Arts in Design and Innovation provides students an opportunity to learn about a human-centered design process, innovation frameworks, and creative confidence. The professional world is looking for innovation leaders; learning these skills will provide students with an advantage in industry. Whether you are planning a startup or hoping to revolutionize industry from within, MADI is a great place to start.

Hart Institute for Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The new Hart Institute for Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship combines the forces of SMU's Cox Business School and the Lyle School of Engineering to guide the development of prototypes to viable business plans.

Business Plan

Providing seed funding both the Cox MBA Club Business Plan competition and Big iDeas Pitch Competitions to support technology-based ideas and business plans.

Entrepreneur in Residence

An initiative to inspire and mentor young entrepreneurs at Lyle and across campus through the Incubator@SMU

Graduate Fellowship

Full tuition scholarships for budding MSEE program entrepreneurs making prototypes and technological discoveries.

Deason Innovation Gym

The Deason Innovation Gym is a student-centered makerspace filled with both high tech and common tools and materials. The DIG welcomes all SMU students from across campus, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Faculty, staff, and alumni are welcome too! From wire framing to actually design a model, this is the place to learn how to create a prototype for your entrepreneurial vision. With little training, makers can use the 3D printers, laser cutter, CNC carving machine, vinyl cutter and power tools. In addition to creating a prototype, the DIG is the place to complete project for a class and meet a community of creative and innovative people.

Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity

The Hunt Institute works closely with scientists, who have promising research and innovations in the areas artisanal support, sustainable agriculture, access to clean water, affordable shelter, energy access and efficiency, and financial innovation by providing seed funding and/or facilitating and supporting their work through the expertise of the Institute’s staff and collaboration platform.


Duncan MacFarlane - Associate Dean for Engineering Entrepreneurship
Seth Orsborn - Director, the DIG
Eva Szalkai Csaky - Executive Director, Hunt Institute for Engineering & Humanity
Jessica Burnham - Director, MADI