The Rady School Blog

  • Entrepreneurs and Engineers Unite for Innovation

    July 17, 2017
    by Hallie Jacobs

    Engineers and entrepreneurs work together to solve problems, but oftentimes there is a divide between the two schools on university campuses. Seeing the need to bring the collaboration between engineering and business to the startup realm, the Rady School of Management and the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego launched the Institute for the Global Entrepreneur (IGE).

    The Institute for the Global Entrepreneur, which launched last year, links the Jacobs School of Engineering and Rady School of Management through the Rady School’s Lab to Market core sequence, which challenges students to build a business around a real technological innovation.

    “We are forging new paths with the Technology Management and Entrepreneurism Fellowship Program and continuing to deliver on our promise to impact the innovation economy,” said Rady School Dean Robert S. Sullivan. “The combination of our two world-class schools puts us in a position to do what no other institution has been able to accomplish.”

    Since its inception, 17 engineering students have completed the inaugural course. Teams that have gone through the program have found success, such as obtaining funding, winning pitch challenges and receiving recognition at competitions around the country.

    A shining example of the success of the program? South 8 Technologies, an endeavor launched at UC San Diego that features team members from both the Jacobs and Rady Schools. The company – which developed a breakthrough chemistry for batteries, allowing them to increase energy density at lower temperatures without compromising power – recently won first place at UC San Diego’s illustrious Entrepreneur Challenge. Additionally, the team will head to the National Clean Tech Business Plan Competition later this month hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy.

    "The classes taught us how to better pitch our tech to business people," said Jungwoo Lee, a nanoengineering Ph.D. student at UC San Diego and member of South 8 Technologies. "As engineers, we often describe a technological advance as something that's X percentage better than Y. But to succeed in the business world, we need to describe our tech as something that results in greater value to the customer — something that is worth replacing the existing product."

    Students and recent alumni enjoyed working with Jacobs School of Engineering students because the collaboration opened their eyes to new possibilities and problem-solving strategies. Recent Rady School graduate Lloyd Hinostroza (MBA ’17) shared why he believed the program was beneficial.

    “Without IGE I would have been unaware of the exciting work being done at the Jacob’s School that is being brought to the marketplace,” Hinostroza said. “And more importantly, I would not have had the opportunity to meet and work with the great research teams working on being the next market disruptors.”

    Rini Abraham (MBA ’17) echoed the statement.

    “I think this is a great option and would highly recommend future Rady students to actively seek IGE students and work with them,” she said. “Lab to Market serves as a great avenue to build the relationship between engineers and business students. This positive work environment is critical and I think it has given us a strong foundation for our careers.”

    The overwhelming success of first group of IGE students has set the stage for the program to continue. 

    “The IGE partnership was built to bridge the gap and celebrate the strengths of both schools while working together to solve pressing issues,” said Sullivan. “The IGE students have proven that greater success can be accomplished when business acumen is combined with engineering skills.”


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  • Alumni Spotlight: Amy Bernal

    July 14, 2017

    This Rady School pursued a passion for helping others at a company owned by a fellow alum.
  • Happy Birthday to Us!

    July 14, 2017

    A message from Dean Robert Sullivan celebrates the Rady School's 14th birthday.
  • Rady School Recognized with Extension of Accreditation by the AACSB

    June 27, 2017
    by Hallie Jacobs

    The Rady School, which is among the youngest business schools to receive AACSB accreditation, earned the coveted status in 2011.
  • Rady Alum Spearheading Design-Build Project at UC San Diego

    June 26, 2017
    by Hallie Jacobs

    Carlos Gonzalez (MBA '07) and his team from Clark Construction will spearhead a major construction project at UC San Diego.
  • Rady School Graduates More Than 300 Students

    June 22, 2017
    by Hallie Jacobs

    The Class of 2017 graduated from the Rady School of Management on Sunday, June 18.
  • Alumni Spotlight: Brett Blazys

    June 20, 2017

    Brett Blazys (MBA '14) shares how his time at the Rady School helped him set up his business.
  • Engineers and Entrepreneurs Join Forces for Lab to Market Presentations

    June 19, 2017
    by Hallie Jacobs

    The 2017 graduating Lab to Market cohort pitched innovative technologies to a panel of esteemed judges.
  • Rady Professor Earns Veteran Focused Award

    June 6, 2017

    Professor David Schkade received the 2017 Battle Buddy Staff and Faculty Award.
  • Wasim Hajjiri's Rady School Journey

    June 5, 2017
    by Wasim Hajjiri

    Wasim Hajjiri is turning his journey into an inspirational book.
  • Rady Students Sweep Entrepreneur Challenge

    May 31, 2017
    by Hallie Jacobs

    Two Rady School teams placed first in their categories.
  • Alumni Spotlight: Sam Chi

    May 23, 2017

    Sam Chi (MBA '11) used his Rady education to launch a business dedicated to helping people sleep.
  • UC San Diego’s Veteran Entrepreneur Initiatives Take Flight

    May 19, 2017
    by Michelle Franklin, photos by Erik Jepsen

    New programs to help veterans launch second career after military service.
  • Research at Rady: Shifting Toward Mobile Banking

    May 17, 2017
    by Hallie Jacobs

    A Rady School professor and her students studied consumer attitudes regarding mobile banking.
  • The Search is On – Tips for Job Seekers

    May 16, 2017
    by Terra Saltzman-Baker

    Graduating? On the hunt for a job? The Rady School director of Career Connections offers tips and tricks for job seekers.
  • The Return on Investment of the Rady MBA

    May 11, 2017
    by Kelly Vo

    To be successful, business professionals must constantly pursue new knowledge, skills, and experiences.
  • Entrepreneurial Focus: Creating Value with Your Rady School MBA

    May 10, 2017
    by Del Foit

    Lecturer Del Foit explains the prolific nature of entrepreneurship.
  • Rady Entrepreneurship Summer Course for High School Students – with 6 units of College Prep Credit

    May 5, 2017

    Special summer program geared toward high school students encourages entrepreneurship.
  • Expanding the Rady Network

    May 5, 2017

    Rady Referral Program is revamping to encourage alumni to refer future students.
  • Visiting Rady Alumni Around the World

    April 24, 2017
    by Zachary Smith

    A Rady contingency recently visited China and Japan to meet with alumni.