The PIPELINE Network

PIPELINEThe PIPELINE Network is a three year project bringing together the efforts of six institutions to create and document new approaches to teaching innovation and entrepreneurship in physics.

The project is charged with developing research instruments to investigate the link between physics innovation and entrepreneurship (PIE) education experiences and corresponding student and faculty attitudes. These deliverables will be made available via web, email, and meetings.

The project is advised by an industry team and by three institutions with strong innovation and entrepreneurship focused physics programs: Carthage College, Case Western Reserve University, and Kettering University.

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What is Physics Innovation and Entrepreneurship (PIE) Education?

We define PIE education as experiences which:

  • Convey professional skills (e.g. leadership, written and oral communication skills, the ability to collaborate with interdisciplinary groups)
  • Develop a deep technological expertise, and the ability to use knowledge of physics principles to create innovation solutions to problems, and
  • Create familiarity with private sector concepts (e.g. intellectual property, business structures, commercialization, funding, etc.)

Why is Physics Innovation and Entrepreneurship Important?

  • The vast majority of physics graduates are employed outside of academia
  • Significant gaps in curricula exist between academic and private sector preparedness
  • Evidence has shown that physics departments programs which focus on future career development have higher retention rates and improved student experiences
  • A physics discipline which incorporates workforce relevant training into the curriculum could lead to better enrollment, retention and diversity of new majors, as well as generating more workforce-confident graduates

PIPELINE Network Institutions

The following six institutions are part of The PIPELINE Network three-year project. Click on an institution to see specific projects or click below to see all.

Gray Arrow PIPELINE Network Institutions

University of Colorado Denver

University of Colorado Denver

George Washington University

George Washington University

Loyola University of Maryland

Loyola University of Maryland

Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester Institute of Technology

College of William and Mary

College of William and Mary

Wright State University

Wright State University



PIPELINE Advisors

Carthage College

Carthage provides advice and recommendations to other PIPELINE team members, based on its over twenty year history of offering successful entrepreneurship and career preparation programs to undergraduate science students through the ScienceWorks program.
PI: Douglas Arion

Carthage College

Case Western Reserve University

Case Western’s award-winning MS in Physics, Entrepreneurship Track (PEP) is now in its 17th year. PEP is part of the Science and Technology Entrepreneurship/Innovation Programs (STEP), which are a family of professional MS degrees in CWRU’s College of Arts and Sciences in partnership with CWRU’s schools of law and management.
Advisor: Ed Caner

Case Western Reserve University

Kettering University

Cooperative and experiential learning has been at the core of Kettering University since its origins in 1919. Every major in Applied Physics and Engineering Physics graduates with over 15 months of full time co-op employment. This experience is essential to student success and ABET accreditation of our programs.
Advisor: Dan Ludwigsen



Kettering University


National Science FoundationThis material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation's Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) program under Award No. 1624882. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.