BS Degree in Innovation, Leadership & Engineering Entrepreneurship (ILEE)

The BS degree in Innovation, Leadership and Engineering Entrepreneurship (ILEE) program is intended for engineering students to better understand the innovative processes involved in identifying complex technical problems and creating, developing, and leading efforts to provide engineering solutions. A unique aspect of this degree is the inclusion of project-based experiential credits, whereby students must earn four and no greater than 16 credit hours of experiential learning. This is credit that is approved, supervised, and coordinated by an Illinois faculty member. At this time, the degree in ILEE is only available as a dual degree for Grainger College of Engineering students.

NEW ILEE Application Deadlines

Contact Terry Cole at or call 217-300-7950.


COE/ILEE Dual Degree Information


  • Have a desire to develop or build upon their existing innovation, leadership, and/or entrepreneurial skills.
  • Have completed at least one semester in the College of Engineering by December of this year. (Includes Chemical Engineering, LAS)
  • Have a minimum cumulative Illinois GPA of 2.75 when applying for the ILEE Dual Degree. (The cumulative Illinois GPA will be pulled from the system once the current semester ends. This is what is taken into consideration for applications.)
  • Be confident that graduation certification by the College of Engineering will occur within 10 semesters of the dual degree starting date.
  • Must apply before the beginning of the final semester of graduating year.





  • Complete all requirements specified for the COE "home department" /primary degree, and an additional 30 hours for the second (ILEE) degree, for a minimum of 158 credit hours. (Students may work towards the ILEE degree at the same time as the primary degree, OR take the additional 30 credit hours after completing the requirements for the primary degree. For details, see
  • Additional hours for the ILEE degree must be completed on the Urbana campus, as noted in University policies, and must be completed over at least one year/two additional semesters (10 semesters to complete both degrees)
  • Plan carefully—courses counting toward the ILEE degree cannot be used in meeting the COE "home department" degree requirements
  • GPA REQUIREMENT: Minimum GPA of 2.75 maintained in ILEE core courses and remain in good standing in COE home department.

ILEE Dual Degree Course Requirements


Course # Course Title Credits
TE 100/
Introduction to Innovation, Leadership & Engineering Entrepreneurship 1


Course # Course Title Credits
TE 230 (FALL) Design Thinking/Need-Finding 3
TE 250 High-Tech Ventures: From Idea to Enterprise 2
TE 333 Creativity, Innovation, Vision 4
TE 360 Lectures in Engineering Entrepreneurship 1
SE 361 (FALL) Emotional Intelligence 3
TE 398 Innovation and Engineering Design 2
TE 401 Developing Breakthrough Projects 4
TE 450 Startups: Inc, Funding, Contracts & IP 3
TE 461 Technology Entrepreneurship 3
TE 466 High Tech Venture Marketing 2
TE 498 Leading Sustainable Change 3


Technology Entrepreneur Center

The Grainger College of Engineering

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1308 W. Main Street
Urbana, IL 61801

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