Students discuss a plan for their project during Aggies Invent. | Image: Kim Ikpo

Do you have an idea that you’d like to transform into a business? Engineering Inc. is here to help. By simulating real-world company structures and providing you with the tools, research and expertise you need, you’ll be better prepared to launch your start-up.

Phases of Engineering Inc.

We’ve separated our process into three phases — the planning phase, prototyping phase and production phase. If you follow your guidelines, seek help often and plan ahead, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be successful.

Phase 1: Plan
Research the market for your product, make a business plan and create a timeline for your goals.

Phase 2: Prototype
Build a prototype based on what you have learned from your research, and build it according to your customer’s needs.

Phase 3: Produce
Your end goal may be to develop an app, launch a company or obtain a patent. During this phase, you’ll achieve the goal you set for yourself at the beginning of the process.

Program Requirements

  1. Attend monthly group meetings and one-on-one meetings with Jim Donnell.
  2. Take pop-up classes at the SuSu and Mark A. Fischer ’72 Engineering Design Center
  3. Produce written reports of progress you’ve made.
  4. Create a plan for the semester.
  5. Attend an Aggies Invent and gain access to even more resources and expertise available to you as you work on your project.


Jim Donnell

Andres Illarramendi