MIT Professional Certificate Offers Solid Grounding in Innovation Principles
Meghan Brown posted on March 04, 2016 |
(Image courtesy of Stuart Miles.)

(Image courtesy of Stuart Miles.)

A new Professional Certificate in Innovation and Technology is now open for applications for the summer 2016 semester.

Offered by MIT Professional Education, the certificate program includes a variety of topics covering different approaches to innovation.

The program is designed for working professionals across a wide variety of industries where innovation is key, including engineering.

Participants will have the opportunity to tailor their learning experience based on their industry, background and areas of interest. Course topics emphasize innovation strategies from theory to implementation and experience-based knowledge from the front lines of global innovation.

Innovation is Crucial to Success

These courses can offer a base of understanding for innovation and technology that will long outlast the classroom. They combine theoretical and research-based knowledge with practical hands-on experience.

“Professionals in every discipline know that innovation is key to their organization’s success, though few have the requisite understanding and expertise to effect innovative changes in an environment that is often change-resistant,” said Bhaskar Pant, executive director of MIT Professional Education.

The Professional Certificate in Innovation and Technology is designed for:

  • Professionals who hold a bachelor's degree (at a minimum), possess at least three years of professional experience and wish to build a culture of innovation within their organization
  • Entrepreneurs who want to learn from MIT faculty and industry experts
  • Managers who are charged with bringing innovative products and solutions to their organizations and to market

The certificate program consists of a core of innovation-focused courses plus a selection of elective courses with a strong innovation component. Earning the Professional Certificate requires the completion of at least four qualifying courses within two years. Three courses must be from the list of core courses, with the fourth course being the student’s choice of an additional core course, or one of the elective courses.

Core Course Options

  • Radical Innovation — June 6–8, 2016
    Discover the philosophy, tools, procedures and incentives that your organization can adopt to drive innovation.
  • Innovative Precision Product Design — June 6–10, 2016
    Tackle your product innovation challenges and explore every step in the design process, from concept to fabrication.
  • Agriculture, Innovation and the Environment — June 13–17, 2016
    Discover innovative technologies that address critical agricultural issues including macro/micro aspects of climate, the application of advanced materials and the use of data and modeling to improve yield.
  • Technology, Organizations, and Innovation: Putting Ideas to Work — June 20–24, 2016
    Drawing on real-world lessons, acquire strategies for overcoming the bottlenecks that can impede innovation in both the public and private sectors.
  • Mastering Innovation and Design Thinking — July 11–13, 2016
    Acquire a design-thinking process for developing groundbreaking solutions and communicating your vision to senior management, colleagues, and consumers.
  • Understanding and Predicting Technological Innovation: New Data and Theory — July 11–15, 2016
    Gain insight into the dynamics of technological innovation by analyzing data sets, exploring theories, and applying both to real-world scenarios. 
  • The Invention Process — July 18–22, 2016
    Examine the strategy, culture, and methodology of invention—and put those principles to work to identify inventive opportunities within your organization.
  • Innovation: Beyond the Buzzword — July 25–27, 2016
    Challenge yourself with hands-on activities that are designed to deepen your understanding of the design methods that foster disruptive innovation.

Elective Course Options

  • Multiscale Materials Design — June 20–24, 2016
    Explore practical problem-solving computational tools and experimental techniques to probe the structure of materials and their applications in new technologies.
  • Rapid Prototyping Technology — July 18–22, 2016
    Get hands-on experience with processes commonly used to rapidly fabricate prototypes, including 3D printing, laser cutting and thermoforming.
  • Beyond Smart Cities — July 25–27, 2016
    Examine innovative ways to overcome energy, environmental and mobility challenges in today's high-density cities.
  • Additive Manufacturing: From 3D Printing to the Factory Floor — July 25–29, 2016
    Utilize state-of-the-art technology to explore the fundamentals, applications and implications of additive manufacturing of polymers, metals, ceramics, nanocomposites and biomaterials.
  • Advances in Imaging: Emerging Devices and Visual Mining — August 1–4, 2016
    Gain a greater understanding of computational imaging, novel imaging platforms and computational techniques through a mix of theory and practical applications.

How to Apply

The deadline for applications is April 30, 2016. All courses take place in June, July and August 2016 on MIT's campus.

The professional certificate program application fee is $275 (non-refundable). Each registered course will be paid at the per-course rate. Visit the Short Programs webpage for individual course information.

For additional details on the certificate program or how to apply, visit the MIT Professional Education website.

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