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All undergraduate engineering & computer science students at the University of Portland practice innovation from day one in their Introduction to Engineering course. They then have many opportunities in their design courses to develop innovative solutions to open-ended solutions.

In addition, the award-winning Franz Center for Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Innovation helps students become E-Scholars, compete in the $100K Challenge Venture Competition, and/or complete an entrepreneurship minor.

The Shiley School joined the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN) in 2017, the first Oregon institution to do so. 

KEEN enables University of Portland to collaborate with other institutions with a similar entrepreneurial focus in engineering. With 28 partnering institutions, including Arizona State University, Baylor University, Marquette University, Georgia Tech, and Villanova University, KEEN has become a network of hundreds of engineering faculty and students who work together to develop best practices in engineering education.



Ben Kallen '18, mechanical engineering (4th from right), placed first in the For-Profit Venture Category at the Franz Center for Leadership's 2018 $100K Challenge Venture Competition on Saturday, April 28. For his project, ColorBlind Ramps, Ben designed a lightweight and portable skateboard ramp.