My Programs

Ikhlaq Sidhu, based at UC Berkeley, teaches in and has has created Technology Entrepreneurship and Corporate Innovation programs ranging from the Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology at Berkeley to the 5-month Silicon Valley Engineering Leadership Professional Program.   

Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology:
The Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (CET) is an academic center within UC Berkeley College of Engineering. Established in 2005, CET’s mission has been to equip engineers and scientists with the skills to innovate, productize, and commercialize technology in the global economy.   CET teaches the latest topics in entrepreneurship and innovation through educational programs, research, and strong industry participation, promoting internationally recognized methodologies such as  the Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurial Education which offers a combination of theory, experiential, and psychological mindset training for technology entrepreneurs.  See http://cet.berkeley.edu

Silicon Valley Engineering Leadership Program
UC Berkeley’s Engineering Leadership Professional Program (ELPP) provides the professional development and specific skills to turn top-performing engineering managers and technical leaders into true enterprise leaders.  The program is parallel to a technology-focused MBA, but condensed to 5 months, part-time, and offered on Monday evenings in the Silicon Valley.

ELPP uniquely combines business insight, leadership skills, and an immersion in Silicon Valley’s most strategic technology trends. Participants work on their real-life technology opportunities and business challenges. The program enables technical experts and senior engineering managers to be able to accomplish the following:

  • Expertly manage and lead technical teams
  • Influence top-level strategy as a technical leader or senior manager
  • Understand the implications of today’s changing technology opportunities ranging from Internet services, electronic currency, wearable computing, semiconductor advancements, Internet of Things, EVs, 3D Printing, and healthcare service topics.
  • Develop judgment and skills in opportunity recognition, product management, and financial operations from the perspective of a CFO.
  • Enhance the value derived from R&D and technical operations.
  • Contribute more effectively and at higher levels within the firm.

Participants also exchange best practices and join a powerful engineering leadership network with colleagues from firms including Google, Yahoo!, Samsung, VMware, Lam Research, SanDisk, NetApp, Qualcomm, Cisco and Applied Materials.  As an initial point of contact, nominations and interested candidates may be directed to me as the Faculty Director of the program at sidhu at berkeley.edu

Global Engineering Leadership Program
This program responds to the need of both top-performing Engineers as well as Professionals seeking to advance their careers in management of technology-based companies. The Program is based on Prof. Sidhu’s original work in developing Engineering but expanded with a global format to cater to international engineers seeking a transformative experience that will enhance their leadership role in today’s business world.  For more information contact  Stephen Adamson, Associate Director, IE Business School, ( Stephen.Adamson@ie.edu)

Innovation Management 1 Week Module with Technical University of Denmark:
DTU Business and UC Berkeley have entered into a unique partnership. This new module, which will be part of the MMT program, explores leadership concepts at the executive level that are relevant to innovation for most public and private enterprises.  This Innovation Management Module is led by Prof. Ikhlaq Sidhu at UC Berkeley and held on the Berkeley campus. See http://www.business.dtu.dk/english/MMT/dtub-berkeley

Tsinghua-Berkeley Global Technology Entrepreneurship Program:
The GTE program is offered at Tsinghua University, China’s #1 leading technical university. GTE courses help students gain insight into leadership, entrepreneurship, commercialization, and innovation. Taught with the help of industry executives, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs, GTE courses combine classroom study with experiential learning. This program empowers students to become technology leaders through classroom and hands-on study of entrepreneurship and commercialization. See http://gte.sem.tsinghua.edu.cn/en/