Innovative Industry Immersions
Four new interdisciplinary courses build on UC Davis strengths
One of my fondest memories from being an MBA student at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management was Marc Lowe’s Venture Capital course. Joining the MBA students were Business Development Fellows, Ph.D. candidates and other graduate and postdoctoral students from across UC Davis, most of whom had never taken a business school class.
I had no idea when I entered the class that these other students would have such a positive impact on my education and my business perspective. One student was pursuing his Ph.D. at the UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. He was studying with a team that grafted a disease-free nut tree.
Our final assignment for the class was a group project that we would pitch, as if presenting to venture capitalists. The class would select the winning group. I found myself rooting for this Ph.D. student’s group on scaling up disease-free walnut grafts.
“I had no idea when I entered the class that these other students would have such a positive impact on my education and my business perspective.”
Maybe it was simply his passion for his product and the enjoyment he found in taking this course that was completely different from what he was learning in his Ph.D. program. Maybe it was simply seeing the power of business education applied to the researchers’ field. Or maybe it’s how collaboration and innovation can result in global solutions. It’s one thing to create one tree or small orchard to be resistant to a historically pervasive disease. It’s entirely different when you can improve the quality of production and save harvests around the globe.
I share this story because the UC Davis Graduate School of Management is launching four new Industry Immersions in winter quarter 2018. These interdisciplinary immersion courses are a scaled-up version of what I experienced in Marc Lowe’s class a few years ago.
Even better, more than 40 executives and thought-leaders will visit the classes to share their experience and expertise each week. The immersions build on UC Davis’ research strengths: food and agriculture innovation, biotechnology, sustainable energy and CFO for technology.