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For student engineers, a new tech launch pad

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From page A3 | October 13, 2013 |

UC Davis on Friday launched the Engineering Student Startup Center, a space in which students can lay the groundwork for their own technology ventures.

The 543-square-foot Startup Center is in Academic Surge 2060. Its resources include a 3-D printer for generating physical models, a 3-D scanner for digitizing physical models and a computer-controlled tool for milling and machining plastics, wood and aluminum.

The UCD Engineering Translational Technology Center will oversee the Startup Center. It will be staffed by students.

They will be supported by BetaVersity, a company specializing in creating spaces for technology design and entrepreneurship for universities and startup incubators. Recent UCD graduate Lucas Arzola founded the company.

In tandem with the Startup Center, the College of Engineering plans to offer an Introduction to Engineering Entrepreneurship course that includes hands-on activities, according to a news release.

The Startup Center is also meant to boost interaction with alumni entrepreneurs, programs in the Graduate School of Management and national entrepreneurship organizations.

A two-day “hack-athon,” led by BetaVersity, is to continue today. It’s intended to show students how to make the best use of the space and equipment. Mentoring sessions on idea generation, prototype creation and technology commercialization also were planned.

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