I recalled feeling goose bumps when I would drive across the country with my family and look up at the night sky and know that somewhere up there was a satellite containing equipment I designed for a classified defense project. That feeling is intoxicating--better than any high I can imagine--to know that something I did could touch the lives of so many people. I want the students who are involved with the programs to know that feeling. It doesn’t have to be something they engineered, it could just be an idea. But to know that they thought of something and followed through on it and it made a difference in the lives of people or the company they work for, that feeling is indescribable, and I want the students at CSUN to have an opportunity to experience it! ”
The Schaeffer Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the College of Engineering and Computer Science was formally established in 2008 with a pledge of $2 million dollars from Mr. Ernie Schaeffer, an inventor and entrepreneur, whose vision was to weave innovation and entrepreneurship themes into the College curriculum and to provide the necessary services (e.g., educational courses) and resources (facilities, networking and financial) and activities (e.g., business plan competition, team building events) to inspire and assist CSUN students and alumni and community members to act on their ideas and creativity, and turn them into value-added, successful ventures.