Hesam Panahi

Hesam Panahi

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Courses and workshops

Below are a sampling of courses and workshops that I’ve collaborated with others to create over the last decade.

2024

Intro to Design and Innovation
Rice University
For undergraduate students. A 3 part course that includes human-centered design, no-code product building, and a race to create as much momentum around an early version of a product as possible. In collaboration with fahad punjwani and Damiano Redemagni.

Hidden Biases Workshop
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
For graduate engineering students. A one day workshop on hidden biases in medical devices, including physical, computational, and interpretation bias. Adapted from the undergraduate course we created at Rice University. In collaboration with Sabia Abidi.

2023

Lilie! at the Disco
Rice University
For graduate students. A day trip to Austin with a startup site visit, a fireside chat, a workshop on bad ideas, and a panel of founders. In collaboration with Taylor Anne Adams, Mercy Harper, and Kyle Judah.

New Enterprises: Discovery
Rice University
For undergraduate students. An opportunity identification course that starts with noticing yourself then noticing around you for possibilities to pursue.

Bias and Medical Device Design
Rice University
For undergraduate students. A course where we explore physical, computational, and interpretation bias in medical devices. In collaboration with Sabia Abidi and Ruchika Mitbander.

Change Maker Summit v. 3.0
Rice University
For pre-matriculation undergraduate students. A workshop designed to introduce students to the entrepreneurial mindset. Redesigned to be a one day experience the day before students move into their dorms. In collaboration with Kyle Judah, Micaela McGlone, Sofi Aguilera, Patrick Ray, and the rest of the Liu Idea Lab for Innovation and Entrepreneurship team.

Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen International Summer Experience in Engineering Design (iSEED - Amsterdam)
Rice University
For undergraduate students, primarily in engineering. A summer study abroad program in Amsterdam where students collaborate with students from the University of Amsterdam and the Avans School of Applied Sciences on multiple design challenges. In collaboration with Lien de Cuyper and Bart Jaartsveld.

2022

Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen International Summer Experience in Engineering Design (iSEED - Paris)
Rice University
For undergraduate students, primarily in engineering. A summer study abroad program in Paris where students came up with ideas, interviewed customers, and tested out their ideas in the field. In collaboration with Doug Schuler.

2021

Tech Product Management
Rice University
For MBA students. Proposed and advised the creation of Rice University's first product management course. In collaboration with Carol Tyger.

2020

Change Maker Summit v. 2.0
Rice University
For pre-matriculation undergraduate students. A workshop designed to introduce students to the entrepreneurial mindset. Redesigned to be virtual in 2020. In collaboration with Caitlin Bolaños and the Liu Idea Lab for Innovation and Entrepreneurship team.

Product Management Bootcamp
General Assembly
For learning the fundamentals of product management and user-centered software product design.

2019

New Enterprise
Rice University Online
For students enrolled in Rice University's online MBA program. The first entrepreneurship offering in the program, where students form teams and collaborate virtually to develop a plan for a new venture. This course was designed prior to the pandemic, which made the transition to fully online easier for future courses.

Science and Engineering of Launching Startups Bootcamp
Rice University Online
For graduate science and engineering students. A bootcamp on commercializing technologies. In collaboration with Jamie Jones.

Change Maker Summit
Rice University
For pre-matriculation undergraduate students. A workshop designed to introduce students to the entrepreneurial mindset. In collaboration with Jamie Jones, Caitlin Bolaños, and the Liu Idea Lab for Innovation and Entrepreneurship team.

Global Field Experience v. 2.0
Rice University
For MBA students. A course where students work in teams assessing the viability of expanding an existing US-based business into another country. Includes a week-long immersion in another country. Served as faculty lead for all 3 sections of the full-time MBA program. In-country faculty for Lima, Peru. In collaboration with Al Danto, Yael Hochberg, Abbey Hartgrove, and Kelly Vlaskamp.

Healthcare Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab
Rice University
For medical device venture teams composed of MBA students, Masters of Bioengineering students, and Baylor College of Medicine clinicians. Follow-on for Healthcare Innovation and Entrepreneurship course established in 2017. Focused on business plan development. In collaboration with Will Clifton, Yael Hochberg, and Farzad Soleimani.

2018

Global Field Experience v. 1.0
Rice University
For MBA students. A course where students work in teams to solve challenges with large companies, municipalities, and small startup businesses. Includes a week-long immersion in Brazil. In collaboration with Abby Larson and the Rice Business Global staff.

2017

Healthcare Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Rice University
For MBA students, Masters of Bioengineering students, and Baylor College of Medicine clinicians. A course where students work in interdisciplinary teams to validate and scope clinical needs, ideate solutions and draft a business model. In collaboration with Yael Hochberg, Eric Richardson, and Farzad Soleimani.

Houston Design Thinking Workshop
For Houstonians interested in learning design thinking, a free workshop that applies design thinking using project-based learning. In collaboration with Matthew Wettergreen.

2016

Entrepreneurship Success Initiative Workshop
Rice University and MIT
For startups as part of a study by researchers at Rice University and MIT. The study tracks a large panel of startups over 2 years to identify what factors, decisions, training and background experiences contribute to successful startup outcomes. In collaboration with Yael Hochberg, Daniel Fehder, and Dan Lee.

2017

Dilemmas in Founding New Ventures
Rice University
For MBA students. A course that examines frameworks for making informed decisions about human capital when founding a new venture, including co-founders, early hires, advisors, board members, and investors. In collaboration with Roberto Moctezuma.

Lilie Design Thinking
Rice University
For undergraduate students. A course where student teams work on solving real-world challenges through human-centered design.

Lilie New Venture Challenge
Rice University
For undergraduate student venture teams. A lab-style course where teams develop their venture plans while being coached by entrepreneurs, investors, and subject matter experts.

2016

New Enterprises
Rice University
For undergraduate and MBA students. An experiential course on entrepreneurship where students form teams and determine the viability of launching a venture.

Electrical and Computer Engineering Design II
University of Houston
For undergraduate engineering students. Redesigned the second semester of the capstone electrical and computer engineering design course to include entrepreneurship. In collaboration with Diana de la Rosa-Pohl.

2015

Foundations of Entrepreneurship: Toolkit
Rice University
For undergraduate students. An experiential course on entrepeneurship where students form teams and create venture plans, paired with an introduction to financial modeling. In collaboration with Danielle Supkis-Cheek.

Design Practice and Business
University of Houston
For industrial design undergraduate students. An introductory course that provides an overview of the early stages of venture creation and case students from design-driven firms.

2014

Advanced Web Application Development
University of Houston
For management information systems undergraduate students. A course on advanced front and back-end web development skills, including responsive design and Ruby on Rails.

Entrepreneurship for Computer Science
University of Houston
For undergraduate computer science students. An experiential technology entrepreneurship course focused on venture development and prototype building. In collaboration with Chang Yun.

2013

RED Labs
University of Houston
For students and faculty. Founded the University of Houston's startup accelerator and technology entrepreneurship program.

2012

Mobile Application Development
University of Houston
For management information systems students. A course focused on creating mobile applications.

Introduction to Entrepreneurship for Engineers
University of Houston
For undergraduate engineering and computer science students. A two week immersive course covering the early stages of high-growth venture creation.