Blogs for Entrepreneurs Blogs for Entrepreneurs Tue, 18 Jan 2011 13:11:52 GMT RSS.NET: A Dream ~ by Thomas Zurbuchen A dream This is a week we think of the dream of Martin Luther King, a dream that imagined the future of so many as different and better. It’s a dream that addressed injustice with change and saw opportunity to the betterment of many. It is a dream that that empowered and changed lives. We also remember [...] Tue, 18 Jan 2011 13:11:52 GMT Michigan Entrepre News – Winter 2011 Check out the latest: EntrepreNews winter semester 2011 Mon, 17 Jan 2011 15:59:04 GMT Michigan is not just a Location – by Thomas Zurbuchen When a new student joins the University of Michigan, they typically come here because they think of a degree program. As they arrive on campus, they get to know Ann Arbor and the people that make the University of Michigan what it is: A place with the largest depth and breadth of almost any educational [...] Fri, 07 Jan 2011 14:15:32 GMT Ideas are a Beginning not an End in Themselves – by Thomas Zurbuchen This presentation was given as part of the award ceremony of the 1000 pitches competition. First, I want to congratulate to the winners and finalists. It is pretty cool to be chosen top-ten out of hundreds of ideas. Congratulations!  We are proud of what you have achieved and look forward to what will come! Second, thanks to [...] Fri, 24 Dec 2010 08:00:44 GMT Personalizing PhDs – by Thomas Zurbuchen Personalizing PhDs Our previous two posts have made a simple point: We need to reconsider the value proposition of PhDs for our students because we need to address recruiting challenges into our PhD programs and an apparent enthusiasm gap in our people. We concluded that these challenges can be resolved by restrictive recruiting, ensuring that there is [...] Mon, 20 Dec 2010 10:04:15 GMT DOE to award $184 million in grants for advanced vehicle research Dustin Walsh - <hardreturn>The <strong>U.S. Department of Energy</strong> today announced $184 million of available grants for advanced vehicle research and development.<br class="hardreturn" /> Thu, 16 Dec 2010 16:53:20 GMT PhDs and Orienteering – by Thomas Zurbuchen I used to run the PhD program in the AOSS department and I made some interesting discoveries. I noticed that it is not as easy as I thought to predict performance and match of a student in a PhD program. After thinking about this a lot, I realized there are some amazing analogs between performance [...] Tue, 14 Dec 2010 08:41:13 GMT Doing a PhD in Engineering or Science? – by Thomas Zurbuchen We are at an important impasse in our PhD Programs. Engineering PhDs have been the crown discipline of engineering educations, entirely about excellence in research. When graduating with a PhD, an individual is proving that she is ready to be an independent researcher, moving the boundaries of knowledge of humanity back. We expect PhDs to [...] Mon, 06 Dec 2010 13:54:20 GMT The 3 Ps of Entrepreneurial Career Planning – by Thomas Zurbuchen Successful careers are built around three core-values that are highly complementary and together affect our lives in the most profound fashion. During a recent meeting with one of the entrepreneurial pioneers, Dr. Bob Beyster, the founder of the largest research and engineering company in the US, SAIC, a student asked Dr. Beyster about the most important [...] Fri, 19 Nov 2010 13:37:18 GMT Strategic Imperatives driving the Engineering Entrepreneurship Programs-by Thomas Zurbuchen The following text was prepared for a welcome speech to our Advisory Board. We received tremendous, valuable advice during our one-day meeting! This speech was to introduce a small number of questions which were discussed at length during the board meeting. We encourage your feedback! “First, I want to thank you for your support and encouragement [...] Fri, 12 Nov 2010 14:22:01 GMT Security and Entrepreneurship by Thomas Zurbuchen An often discussed aspect of our life is the apparent inability of the government to act in an entrepreneurial fashion. And, this mismatch is at the root of one of the most pressing problems – the inability of our government to address security matters at sufficient speed. Many of us just accept the blatant inefficiency, lack [...] Fri, 05 Nov 2010 14:26:56 GMT