Physics Innovation & Entrepreneurship Education
The majority of physics graduates at all degree levels will become scientists and innovators working in the private sector, yet very little of the knowledge they gain while earning their degree intentionally prepares them for these roles. APS joins in on nationwide efforts to promote physics innovation and entrepreneurship (PIE) education.
Pop-Up Classes: Physics Learning Above & Beyond "The Usual"
These courses allow the development of hands-on technical proficiencies, career skills, and other competencies in a fun, low pressure environment.
The PIPELINE Network
The PIPELINE Network* joins the efforts of six institutions engaged in PIE implementation to build and disseminate best practices practices and develop tools to measure the effects of implementation on departments.
*Support for this work is provided by the National Science Foundation's IUSE program under Award No. 1624882
Materials To Help You Teach PIE
Curricular materials, tools, and best practices
Project Ideas from the Garage Physics Program
Hands on lab projects that connect physics concepts with real world applications, from Duncan Carlsmith of the University of Wisconsin’s Garage Physics program.
Framework for “Pop-Up” Classes
A general framework for planning and executing a “pop-up” class at your institution.
Teaching Resources from VentureWell
A blog focused on teaching innovation and entrepreneurship from VentureWell, a higher education network dedicated to advancing I&E within the sciences (see below for more information).
Carthage College Scienceworks Program
Information about the nation’s first and most established undergraduate technology entrepreneurship and career preparation program.
Case Western Physics Entrepreneurship (PEP) Program
An overview of curriculum for the award-winning MS in Physics Entrepreneurship track at Case Western.
Kettering University Applied Physics Program
An overview of this innovative program which utilizes a co-op and experiential learning model to provide a foundation for technical careers.
Tools to Help You Promote PIE At Your Institution
Presentations and Talks
Start with Why , by Simon Sinek (TED Talk)
This talk gives advice for effective, persuasive advocacy.
Tinker, Thinker, Maker, and CEO: Reimagining the physics student as Engineer, Inventor, and Entrepreneur , Crystal Bailey, APS March 2016 Meeting.
This presentation provides a context for PIE against the current employment landscape of physics graduates, and directly addresses common questions/concerns raised against PIE.
Introducing a Introducing a Framework for Physics Innovation and Entrepreneurship (PIE) Education , Bahram Roughani, APS March 2016 Meeting.
This talk provides a framework for successful adoption of curricular and co-curricular PIE activities, and a perspective on change management around the adoption of PIE practices.
Things your advisor never told you: Entrepreneurship’s role in physics education, Douglas Arion, Physics Today, August 2013.
Statistical Data and Reports
A report detailing strategies of departments which had much higher retention levels of physics majors during a period of historic decline in physics enrollments. One report recommendation is to incorporate career-focused practices in physics programs.
SPIN-UP Executive Summary
SPIN-UP Analysis and Recommendations
Common Careers of Physicists in the Private Sector
A report by the AIP Statistical Research Center which provides an insight into activities and attitudes of physics PhDs working in the private sector.
Focus on Physics Bachelor’s Initial Employment
A report by the AIP Statistical Research Center which describes the most common career trajectories of physicists entering the workforce with a terminal Bachelor’s degree. Includes information on job satisfaction for graduates in each sector, as well as primary skills and knowledge used in private sector roles.
Aaron's passion for making things has led him to Google, prototyping devices as new ideas emerge.
A previous attempt has proven to put more obstacles in Brian’s path, but that hasn’t stopped him.
Innovation and physics run in his blood, so he started his own educational video game company, Lilac.
How do hedgehogs, physics, and business mix? Ask Nathan, a startup founder.
Ever had a brilliant idea? Rhett uses physics to make his reality.
A physicist's problem sparked Sam's innovative business.
Tracee Walker Gilbert
The woman who did it all - and then she started her own business to top it off.
PIE Conferences and Sessions
Building New Pathways in Physics Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Session R53, APS March Meeting 2016.
Educating for I&E in Physics, Venturewell Open 2017 Conference, March 2017.
VentureWell is a higher education network which enables powerful approaches to stimulating science and technology invention, innovation and entrepreneurship on university and college campuses, and move the strongest ideas rapidly forward to commercialization. Their E-Team program provides funding, immersive workshops, and specialized coaching to student STEM innovators to help them move their inventions into the marketplace (up to $25K grants are available).
VentureWell works across disciplines to promote innovation and entrepreneurship through grants, competitions, and programs like the Pathways to Innovation, a program similar to PIPELINE focused on the engineering discipline.
Joint Task Force on Undergraduate Physics Programs
J-TUPP is a joint task force convened by the APS and AAPT and is charged with preparing a report which will provide guidance for physicists considering revising the undergraduate curriculum to improve the education of a diverse student population. In particular, the report seeks to address what skills and knowledge will best prepare the next generation of physics degree holders for diverse careers.
The final report from J-TUPP will be made available in Fall 2016. It is expected that the recommendations of the report will support widespread adoption of PIE practices within physics departments.