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MS in Engineering & Technology Innovation Management

Carnegie Mellon’s MS in ETIM degree program is cultivating next-generation, innovation leaders. It’s here that engineers and scientists are developing the specialized business skills, frameworks and technical acuity necessary to creating value, and ultimately capturing value from innovative technologies. Join an exceptional multi-disciplinary group of peers and professors who will help you shape the future.

Innovation is all about the ability to take good technology and wrap it in a great business model

- Jimmy Williams, ETIM Program Director

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Frameworks for Success

A problem well defined is a problem well on its way to being solved. In Carnegie Mellon’s ETIM program you’ll learn how strategic business and technology frameworks are used to respond to challenges, incubate ideas and commercialize them. You’ll develop the skills to recognize, assess and leverage the innovation ecosystems that tech businesses operate within today.

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Pathways to Success

Using ETIM Career Tracks, we’ll help you tailor your learning to your individual career objectives and leverage the strength of Carnegie Mellon University’s full academic ecosystem.

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Career Tracks

Where Your Path May Lead

ETIM graduates are working on global assignments in diverse industries.

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Champions of Innovation

Our Faculty

Whether they’ve made their mark in industry or academia or both, each of our faculty are uniquely qualified to help you take your game to a much higher next level.

Our Partners

For over a decade and a half we’ve developed relationships with some of the most innovative enterprises on the planet. And we’re eager to develop more.

A great example is our partnership with EY. Together we've grown unique programs including Corporate Venturing, Capstone Projects, Day-One Ready Projects and EY Internships. Learn More About our EY Partnership

Our partnership with Carnegie Mellon University – with every collaborative sponsorship and graduating class – contributes brainpower and creative solutions that we need to stay on the leading edge of change.

- Martin J. Fiore, US East Region Tax Managing Partner
Ernst & Young LLP

Jimmy Williams

Jimmy Williams, PhD

Executive Director and Distinguished Service Professor

In my career, I’ve led business strategy development, operations, and technology and innovation management at the Boeing Company, Alcoa and Pall Corporation. In my roles, I’ve used my knowledge of tech and innovation trends to devise strategy that adheres to company goals and ensures competitive market share. Innovation Management is about fully understanding how to leverage the process through both business and technology models concurrently. I bring this knowledge to the classes that I teach: both MS in ETIM seminar courses. I teach my students to ask three critical questions. How much innovation does your goal require? Where should you focus innovation? What types of innovation are needed? At the end of the day, it’s about innovating technical methods to meet practical business needs. I want each of my MS in ETIM students to leave the program understanding that the key to success is to lead boldly and passionately.

Jim Berardone

Jim Berardone

Professor, ETIM

Creating successful digital products is my passion. Since the start of my career, I’ve led teams in starting and growing 17 B2B product lines for five startups and three multinational corporations. In my course, Customer-Centric Product Management for Technological Innovations, I teach students how to identify and describe important customer problems, conceive innovative product solutions and build compelling value propositions for them. My goal is to impart these skills in each of my students and develop their confidence in using them to lead future product innovations.

David Charlton

David Charlton

Professor, ETIM

In my 30 years of product commercialization at a Fortune 500 company I’ve managed teams of all sizes from all over the world. I’ve also chaired committees and sub-committees for various US Standards bodies, testified in Congress, state governments and the FCC on matters involving technical innovation, hold numerous patents, and bought and sold large pools of intellectual property. My experience has taught me one thing: innovation is a very human endeavor, requiring a deep understanding of their motivations both as individuals and as organizations.

This is the knowledge I bring to my class – Managing Research, Development and Innovation. Ultimately, I want my students to know how to interpret the executive guidance underlying a specific business strategy and improve their ability to translate business strategy into specific technical positions. Their understanding of this enhances their value to any organization they join and sets them apart from other candidates for hire.

Mark DeSantis

Mark DeSantis

Professor, ETIM

As a serial tech entrepreneur, I’ve spent over two decades immersed in the practice, policy and management of innovation. I’m cofounder of a quant hedge fund and have managed venture-backed companies that work with energy trading, online tutoring, AI for assessing infrastructure and more. I’ve also served the White House Office of Science and Technology as a Senior Policy Analyst.

Experience has taught me that a major challenge to innovating is anticipating what is going to make a difference. It requires that we constantly listen to the people whose lives will be impacted by it. This is the knowledge I bring to my class – Tech Startup: Tools and Techniques and Market Discovery. My students learn to place potential customers’ needs ahead of particular technologies or solutions, and that the key to making a difference in the world is to approach every innovation challenge with great humility.

Bob Wasson

Bob Wasson

Professor, ETIM

My technical background enhances my ability to see profit and viability in investment opportunities. I’ve used data-driven analysis to make financial and business assessments at companies like Alco, Chevron and the Continental Group, Inc. Through my career, I’ve learned that innovation management is about fully understanding the financial potential regarding new and exciting innovations – ranging from simple incremental product innovations to new technology platforms that offer the opportunity for revolutionary growth. In my class, Finance for Innovation Management, students are introduced to the conventional accounting and finance methods of determining the value of innovations to both the organization that they’re a part of, as well as the investment community. In my other class, Decision-Making Methods for Innovation Management, students examine the decision-making process and complex methodologies like decision analysis and real option theory that are used for making business choices with respect to more revolutionary technologies. I want students to leave my classroom understanding that data-driven decision-making is vital to making thorough and reliable business assessments.

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