The October 2018 visit by faculty from UC Berkeley’s Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship (SCET) and Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation put the focus on four industry pillars of entrepreneurship and technology, design and innovation. The UC Berkeley team took a campus tour and interacted with the SRM AP engineering faculty highlighting the importance of entrepreneurship/design principles in engineering education. In short, design skills to create new successful products and business skills to bring them to market.
The visitors from UC Berkeley were Dr. Ikhlaq Sidhu, Chief Scientist & Faculty Director at SCET, Björn Hartmann, Faculty Director of the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation, Dr. Anthony St. George, Assistant Dean for International Partnerships in the College of Engineering at UC Berkeley. Dr. Susan Giesecke, SCET Director of Global Engagement and Betsy Gudino, Program Coordinator, International Partnerships at UC Berkeley College of Engineering.
Speaking of the visit Dr. Jamshed Bharucha said, “We have established a partnership with two centres at UC Berkeley focused on technological design and entrepreneurship and doing path breaking work in the field. SRM AP, Amaravati, is planning to set up similar centers and stands to gain tremendously from these collaborations.” The Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology is a global innovation hub headquartered at UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering. The Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation is UC Berkeley’s interdisciplinary hub for learning where design and technological innovation is seen as being integrally linked.
Going forward, SRM and UCB faculty will work on joint research proposals and collaborate on fundamental and applied research. SRM and UCB will also submit joint research proposals to address industry related issues, conduct skill development workshops for students of Andhra Pradesh and work on the establishment of SRM/UCB Advanced Systems Laboratory at SRM-AP. In the longer run, UCB will assist in establishing an innovation, design, and entrepreneurship academy at SRM-AP.