Academic Courses held at the Wond'ry

In addition to our pillar programming, the Wond’ry hosts an array of academic courses that are centered around innovation, entrepreneurship, technology, and making. These are a few of the courses currently being taught at the Wond’ry:

New Product Design

Mgmt 6541
Professor Dave Owens

This exciting innovation course in product design and development teaches a framework and uses tested methods that aspiring innovators and entrepreneurs can use to understand the needs that drive adoption of a new product or service by users. Students work in teams to develop a design brief and detailed specifications for a new product or service. Methods covered include camera studies, interviews, creating composite character profiles, brainstorming, and user-driven prototyping.

Innovation Realization

Mgmt 6499
Professor Marie Thursby

This new experiential learning course focuses on the business and legal issues involved in technology commercialization. Throughout this course, interdisciplinary teams of graduate students (1 Ph.D. student, 2 MBA students, 2 J.D. students) research these issues in the context of the Ph.D student’s dissertation. Topics include identification of entrepreneurial opportunities,  fundamentals of industry analysis, legal means of protecting intellectual property, customer discovery, alliances, and commercialization environments.

History Commons Seminar

Hist 1001
Professor Ole Molvig

This seminar will introduce the basic tenets of the proposed Immersion Vanderbilt program and approach discipline-specific responses and opportunities to develop creative and independent projects during a student’s four years at Vanderbilt. By introducing the general concept of immersion and then by grounding immersive experience within the disciplines, students in this seminar will have opportunities to engage, to question, and to forge change. Students in this seminar will work with a faculty seminar director to identify experiences and projects that could well shape them for the rest of their lives. This specific seminar will focus on combining the questions, tools, and techniques across the sciences, technology, and humanities to promote novel explorations.

Commons Seminar. [Formerly HIST 99] Topics vary. General
Elective credit only. [1] (No AXLE credit).

Cyber Physical Systems

EECE-6321
Professor Gabor Karsai

Cyber-Physical Systems. Modeling, design, and analysis
of cyber-physical systems that integrate computation and communication
with physical systems. Modeling paradigms and models of computation,
design techniques and implementation choices, model-based
analysis and verification. Project that covers the modeling, design, and
analysis of CPS. [3].

Engineering Common Seminar

ES-1001
Professor Tom Withrow

This seminar will introduce the basic tenets of the proposed Immersion Vanderbilt program and approach discipline-specific responses and opportunities to develop creative and independent projects during a student’s four years at Vanderbilt. By introducing the general concept of immersion and then by grounding immersive experience within the disciplines, students in this seminar will have opportunities to engage, to question, and to forge change. Students in this seminar will work with a faculty seminar director to identify experiences and projects that could well shape them for the rest of their lives. This specific seminar will focus on • Introduction to Immersion • Experiencing Immersion • Introduction to key tools and key individuals who will help shape future design projects and experiences • Providing an individual student driven plan for future experience

Engineering Commons Seminar. Topics vary. Open elective
credit only.

Literature Science and Technology

ENGL-3720
Professor Jay Clayton

Literature, Science, and Technology. [Formerly ENGL
243] The relationship of science and technology to literature, film, and
popular media. Focus on such topics as digital technology, genetics, and
the representation of science in particular periods, genres, movements,
and critical theories. Repeat credit for students who have completed
3720W. [3].

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Want to hold your innovation-related class at the Wond’ry? Contact the registrar’s office for more information.