Short Course - Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Scientists, Engineers and Researchers




Did you know…

 In 1993 MIT’s Phillip Sharp won the Nobel Prize for Medicine. He also co-founded the global company Biogen in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1978.  Biogen was the world’s                first biotechnology company.  Sharp is one of many examples of Scientists who successfully bridged the gap linking world-class research to entrepreneurship.


“Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Scientists, Engineers and Researchers” is a short course led by Doug Arion, Donald Hedberg Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Director, Carthage Institute of Astronomy, Carthage College, USA.

The short course is open to engineers and scientists interested in exploring the relationship between research and entrepreneurship in the South African context. The course is sponsored by AIP (American Institute of Physics), IBM Research and Wits University’s Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE).

Course Summary:

The goal of the short course is to bring universal entrepreneurship concepts and knowledge to students and faculty in the sciences and others interested in technical entrepreneurship and business development. The short course topics have been selected to address elements of business development that are ‘universal’: those that can be applied to any professional and business environment independent of nationality or the specific enterprise or product type. Other topics that are important in entrepreneurship are location specific (such as intellectual property, legal and regulatory issues, finance, taxes, etc.) and will be addressed by local experts in these important disciplines. The course will be hands-on, with presentations, breakouts, exercises, and workshop activities to both inform the audience and move them forward in their career and business endeavors.

Support material:

1.       Physicists in the private sector

2.       Risky business: A study of physics entrepreneurship (2012)

3.       Things your adviser never told you: Entrepreneurship’s role in physics education

4.       Link to articles about corporate physics (all free from the daily edition)

Biography of presenter:

Dr. Douglas Arion is Donald D. Hedberg Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies, Director of the Carthage Institute of Astronomy, and Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Carthage College. He founded the ScienceWorks technology entrepreneurship education program at Carthage in 1994, the first undergraduate program of its kind in the United States. He helped found the Center for Advanced Technology and Innovation and served as Senior Program Advisor. He serves on the US Joint Task Force on Undergraduate Physics Programs, which is recommending new standards for physics education to prepare graduates for 21st Century careers. He has organized conferences to promote entrepreneurship education with the American Physical Society, and the Industrial Physics Forums of the American Institute of Physics and International Center for Theoretical Physics.

Previously, at Science Applications International Corporation, he was Division Head and Assistant Vice President, and led the growth of the Applied Physics and Engineering Division by a factor of 10 in less than four years.  He directed the design and construction of extensive experimental systems, including space-qualified optics and high precision structural measuring systems.

He is co-founder of Galileoscope LLC, which developed, manufactures, and distributes high quality low cost telescopes for science education and outreach. Galileoscope has supplied over 250 000 telescope kits to more than 100 countries, and was a selected as a worldwide cornerstone project of the 2009 International Year of Astronomy and 2015 International Year of Light.



27 September 2016 (8:30am - 6:00pm)

28 September 2016 (8:30am - 5:00pm)


IBM Research - Africa

Tshimologong Innovation Precinct

47 Juta Street, Braamfontein, JHB



 R200 (Full-time students)




R1200 (R200 for full time students)
IBM Research - Africa, Tshimologong Innovation Precinct
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 08:30 to Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 17:00