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The Lehigh@NasdaqCenter remote courses enrich the educational experience for Lehigh students by bringing Silicon Valley to Lehigh's doorstep. In addition to intensive, short-format courses offered in San Francisco, founders, funders, executives, and social innovators are live streamed via video conference from the Lehigh@NasdaqCenter to students on campus in Bethlehem, PA. Students learn from industry leaders with real-world experience, and tap into a powerful network in the Bay Area innovation ecosystem.

Featured Spring 2021 Courses

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In Spring 2021, Lehigh@NasdaqCenter is excited to present two innovative courses on contemporary topics. These classes are delivered by Lehigh@NasdaqCenter in San Francisco, and students engage with faculty and industry leaders via interactive discussions. These dynamic and candid conversations are open for guests to attend as a webinar speaker series and are also recorded and produced for the Lehigh@NasdaqCenter Podcast.

Disruptive Engineering

Disruptive Engineering (ENGR 095) is a new, cutting-edge course developed with the Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science. Taught by Samantha Walraves, this class looks at the transformative role engineers play in disrupting industries through technological innovation. The class will shine a light on the innovative engineering leaders who have built companies and technologies that transform the way we live and work. The weekly class sessions will feature a number of guest lectures by engineering leaders who will share their stories and experiences on engineering and technology disruption.

Women in Technology & Innovation

One of our most popular courses, Women in Technology and Innovation (CSE 098-010), is offered again for the 5th year—with new speakers, fresh perspectives, and original ideas. Co-taught by Samantha Walravens and Dr. Daniel Lopresti, the course helps us explore the transformative role women play in promoting prosperity and human progress through technology and innovation. Featuring guest lectures by female founders, funders, and technology leaders, we shine a light on the remarkable women who are building companies and products that transform the way we live and work, and who are paving new paths for female entrepreneurship and gender equality.

Featured Fall 2020 Course

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Investing in Innovation

Taught by Jessica Straus, this course focuses on the global innovation ecosystem and its diverse investors, entrepreneurs, nonprofits, public policies, and cultures. Taught in partnership with the Perella Department of Finance in the College of Business, students learn about the investment models for funding innovation and will come away with an understanding of the history and evolution of venture capital, entrepreneurship, and the people and policies that take an innovation from concept to commercialization. The course features regular guest lectures by leaders in innovation investing and entrepreneurship. 

About our Faculty

Samantha Walravens is an award-winning journalist and co-author of Geek Girl Rising: Inside the Sisterhood Shaking Up Tech. She writes about women, technology, career, and work-life issues for publications including Forbes and the Huffington Post.

Daniel Lopresti, Ph.D. is a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) in the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science. In addition to his responsibilities as an accomplished teacher and researcher, he has served in numerous leadership roles including chair of CSE, interim dean for the college from 2014 to 2015, and director of the Data X Initiative.

Jessica Straus serves as the Brand & Content Marketing Director at Carta. She is also a Kauffman Fellow and advisor to numerous organizations. Prior experience includes Venture Partner at Dundee Venture Capital, roles in development, and government communications and policy.

Past Lehigh@NasdaqCenter Courses

The Lehigh@NasdaqCenter partners with faculty from all colleges to design and deliver courses that are distinctive to Silicon Valley and leverage connections with entrepreneurial leaders on the west coast. Examples of past courses include:

  • Women in Technology & Innovation with Dr. Daniel Lopresti, Rossin College of Engineering & Applied Science
  • Design Thinking for Innovation with Chris Kauzmann, College of Business and Rossin College of Engineering & Applied Science
  • Dateline Silicon Valley with Dr. Jack Lule, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Software and Technology Ventures and The Garage with Josh Ehrig, College of Business
  • The Business, Social, and Education Entrepreneur with Dr. Scott Garrigan, College of Education
  • Software Product Management with Dr. Daniel Lopresti, Rossin College of Engineering & Applied Science
  • Inquiry to Impact: Gender in Silicon Valley with Khanjan Mehta, Interdisciplinary Course 
  • Entrepreneurship & Enterprise with Dale Falcinelli, College of Business