The Marvin and Ellie Selig Center of Excellence in Entrepreneurship
The Center augments the technical education for a select group of engineering students who have a keen interest in becoming entrepreneurs. The free enterprise system has taught us that a technical education and the successful pursuit of a technical career demands development of complementary capabilities in such non-technical areas as teamwork, leadership, and understanding of the commercialization aspects of engineering. Therefore, the College of Engineering, in conjunction with the Murchison Chair of Free Enterprise, will establish the Marvin and Ellie Selig Center of Excellence in Entrepreneurship in the College of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. The Selig Center will augment the technical education for a select group of engineering students who have a keen interest in becoming entrepreneurs.
The purpose of the Center will be to help participating students understand and value the following concepts:
- the commercial aspects of the engineering enterprise
- engineering in a global, cultural and commercial context
- creativity, innovation, and leadership in the entrepreneurial process
- financing the entrepreneurial endeavor
These goals will be realized by participation in student-centered activities to promote independent learning and thinking.
The Selig Center Center of Excellence will provide scholarships for participating students, selected based on demonstrated leadership skills and academic standing.
The Selig Center will cooperate with the Murchison Chair of Free Enterprise, the Ford Center for Technology Commercialization and Enterprise Education, and the Roden Engineering Leadership Program to provide this unique educational opportunity.