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Product Development & Market Feasibility

Do you have a product idea worth a million dollars? Enroll in ENME 3340 this Spring and find out.

In this course, students gain knowledge of designing products for market success by developing a product and optimizing its design for specific mass manufacturing technologies. Students gain experience through the design development process including market feasibility research, human-centered design, brainstorming and ideating new concepts, refinement through design iteration, and constructing alpha and beta prototypes that are designed with mass manufacturing considerations. Projects are based upon real world new product development principles. Students learn and practice the fundamentals of design thinking, design process, and entrepreneurship.  

Class Details:

What: Product Development & Market Feasibility (ENME 3340)
When: Spring Quarter 2019; Two sections available
Instructor: Professor Michael Caston
Open to: Juniors, Seniors, Graduate Students of any discipline 

Contact Professor Michael Caston with questions.


Industry Innovation:
The Internet of Things

Work with real companies. Deliver real results.

The Internet of Things will require every company to rethink its business strategies and operating structures in order to remain relevant in its industry.  The basic structure of this program is for a team of cross campus students to work on an IoT innovation project that is scoped to meet the specific needs of its industry client.  The project work plan is designed to produce a management consultant style report with a heavy emphasis on innovative and entrepreneurial thinking.  Teams will consist of 4-6 students representing engineering, computer science, marketing, finance and liberal arts.  Students will interact directly with company functional leaders, which could result in summer internship or full-time employment opportunities with the sponsor company.  An experienced industry advisor will be assigned to each team responsible for managing the project work plan, client engagement and product quality.  The goal of this project is to drive innovative thinking.

Arrow Electronics Service Integration Project:

Arrow’s goal is to secure $100M of revenue growth in cellular data modems/modules, data connectivity and integrated SaaS solutions within the Americas and EMEA.  Arrow is well positioned to succeed:
  • Access to over 100,000 OEM customers globally.
  • World leading portfolio of technology suppliers including Microsoft, AT&T, Verizon, Vodafone, Sierra Wireless, Telit, Quectel and 1NCE.
  • Existing sales of cellular modem and module  technology and embedded gateways and edge compute devices.
  • A strategic relationship with CSGI to provide billing services globally.
The DU innovation team will collaborate across finance, engineering, marketing and computer science to help develop, promote and scrutinize the IoT data connectivity services value proposition.


Project Team Structure and Roles:

Engineering and computer science majors (2 students per project)
  • Wireless technology assessment
  • Connectivity / security protocols
  • Service platform requirements
  • Application / device prototyping
  • System interoperability testing
  • Competitive technology analysis
Marketing majors (2 students per project)
  • Product definition / requirements
  • Market opportunity assessment
  • Service / product branding
  • Buy scenarios / requirements
  • Sales channel design / analysis
  • Competitive product analysis
Finance majors (1 student per project)
  • Pro-forma financial model
  • R&D investment analysis
  • Pricing and take rate analyses
  • SG&G functional build out
Special topic majors (1-2 students per project)
  • Law (consumer data privacy)
  • Digital media (design ergonomics)
  • Social work (community impact)
  • International studies (policies)
  • Mathematics (data analysis)
  • Education (end user training)
Team Project Commitment:
Each project team will be fully committed to collectively delivering a high quality, customized work product that will aid its industry client in evolving and capitalizing on the market disruption that the Internet of Things represents.
Class Details:
What: BUS 3700 – Industry Innovation 
When: Spring 2019
Load:  2 credit hours
Instructor:  Jim Ducay (
Location:  TBD

Other Innovation and Entrepreneurship Course Offerings

Project X-ITE’s partner units offer a variety of courses focused on igniting innovation and entrepreneurship. This includes courses from the Daniels College of Business (DCB), the Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science (RSECS), the College of Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences (CAHSS), and others.

Here is a list of 2018-2019 CAHSS courses, which are open to students from all disciplines. Options include courses from the following departments: Anthropology, Communication Studies, Emergent Digital Practices, English, Media, Film & Journalism Studies, Lamont School of Music, Philosophy, Psychology, and Religious Studies. Students should clarify with faculty to ensure your goals align with the course you are interested in.

Below is a sample of other programming.

Gateway to Business

Daniel’s College of Business

More than 800 undergraduates have enrolled in this course, which culminates in the Madden Challenge pitch competition. *For undergraduates

From Idea to First Dollar

Daniel’s College of Business

This experiential course required students to actually start a company and launch a product. In the Winter Quarter of 2018, 22 teams raised a gross revenue of $10,000 with an average profit margin of 52%. *For undergraduates

Entrepreneurship Minor

Daniel’s College of Business

Students may elect to earn a minor in Entrepreneurship by completing a series of one-credit, one-weekend “Grinds” on a wide selection of topics focused on innovation and entrepreneurship. *For undergraduates

Startup DU

Daniel’s College of Business

DCB is once again offering “Startup DU” this Spring. This year, Startup Weekend is April 26-28 with a focus on Sustainability. The program opens up to the public in a few weeks, but students can register now! There are 2-and 4-credit options available. Please contact Prof. Tom Rankin with questions. All community members are welcome.

Social & Environmental Impact Assessment

Graduate School of Social Work

This course prepares students to evaluate social ecological impact assessments through learning to identify and define problems, select theoretical frameworks appropriate to the problem, identify research questions, design studies for these questions, and more. The course focuses particularly on the affects of interventions on vulnerable populations.




Featured Past Courses

Rising Women

Winter Quarter 2018

The University of Denver offered the Rising Women Course in the Winter Quarter of 2018 for students who identify as women that provided insight into what it’s really like to join the workforce. Classes covered everything from resume building, interview coaching, and exploring gender barriers and gendered workplaces to landing your dream internship and building leadership skills. Plus, students got personal mentorship from notable women business leaders. The two-credit hour course was titled “Women, Careers, and Leadership I: Job & Internship Search Preparation” (LDRS 2901). Project X-ITE supported participants with finding suitable summer internships.

Hacking for Defense (H4D) at Mines & DU

Winter Quarter 2019

This interdisciplinary course, offered jointly by the Colorado School of Mines and DU, allowed student teams to develop tech solutions solving important national security problems. Students applied entrepreneurial principles – problem validation, beneficiary discovery and business model development – to actual, real-world problems. Students worked collaboratively with sponsoring agencies to uncover and validate beneficiary needs and build iterative prototypes with active military, the Department of Defense, amazing mentors, and other government agency personnel. For additional information on H4D, click the following link.

Human-Centered Design

Spring Quarter 2017

This cross-disciplinary, graduate-level seminar course introduced students to the human-centered design process through hands-on design of solutions to a pressing community challenge – youth homelessness. Co-taught by faculty in the Graduate School of Social Work and the Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science, this course offered students exposure to empathizing, iterating, prototyping and pitching solutions that could help make life more hopeful and meaningful for young people experiencing homelessness. Students gained valuable skills for collaborating across disciplines to learn about the problem of youth homelessness through interviews and discussions with youth experiencing homelessness, interactions with experts and service providers, and in-person observation. They utilized this knowledge to take a new look at a complex issues and generated breakthrough ideas in partnership with young people and the organizations who serve them. The iterative process of eliciting feedback, refining ideas, and prototyping solutions culminated in pitches to a panel of experts. Teams of students documented their design process and final solutions in detail so that future teams can bring them to fruition.

Prototyping and Design

Winter Quarter 2019

The Ritchie School of Computer Science and Engineering offered “Prototyping and Design” in Winter of 2019. Students learned prototyping techniques and implemented the design process to design and build a series of prototypes using a variety of materials and processes. They learned about modern mass-manufacturing processes in the plastics industry including:  injection molding, extrusion, calendaring, blow molding, composites, rotational molding, vacuum thermoforming, and RTV molding making/casting, and more. 

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