Entrepreneurial geologists have been around since at least the Bronze Age and have introduced many new materials and technologies. The Center will pursue such creative people, and those who aspire to help develop new ways of responding to commodity needs today, guiding them to recognize, and acquire the skills they need.
The UTEP (The University of Texas at El Paso) Department of Geological Sciences is developing a unique educational idea: Entrepreneurial Geosciences: We say that the ‘discovery’ phase of resource development is unique, and we propose a Center of learning devoted to that phase of resource development. This is the entrepreneurial and high risk-taking stage of resource development and production. Certainly, subsequent entrepreneurial actions add to the value or lower the cost of the product.
The Center’s mission includes “To become a nationally and globally significant Center for the development of entrepreneurial leadership in mineral and energy exploration, as measured by student output and longer term success, educational quality, industry participation, and research and development contributions to the field. The Center will provide students with financial support, technical expertise, research facilities, opportunities to think out-of-the-box, and connections to industry. Understanding the character of the entrepreneurial mind, geotechnical success of discovery, and the requirements of company development, will be constant objectives. Upon satisfactory completion of requirements, the Center will grant Certificates and access to Degrees. ”
Just click the link to know more about the Center for Entrepreneurial Geosciences (Mission, Activities, People and all the rest that matters). I am one of Center’s Advisors since last February; will be glad to receive and pass on any ideas, comments, suggestions or support offers.