Entrepreneurship in STEAM


The Entrepreneurship in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (ESTEAM) is a year-long course that gives students the opportunity to solve problems by taking a new product or service from conception to the marketplace. Students will coordinate in multi-disciplinary teams and use their areas of expertise to research, develop, and market a product.

Throughout this course, students will be an integral part of a group that:

  • Pinpoints customer pain(s) and gain(s)
  • Creates a prototype with a viable solution to a problem
  • Produces and markets their product/service
  • Identifies a source of materials
  • Meets specific financial and strategic objectives

This course satisfies GE Area B5.


  • Junior and senior standing
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • All majors welcome


ESTEAM 2020 Application

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The ESTEAM program, a financially self-sustaining project, was founded by Drs. Olukemi Sawyerr and Winny Dong in 2009. Drs. Nastaran Simarasl (College of Business Administration) and Kenneth Lamb (College of Engineering) facilitate and coach the cross-functional teams.

Venture Well is currently funding the program through a faculty grant.

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ESTEAM Faculty

Dr. Nastaran Simarasl

Dr. Nastaran Simarasl

Program Director and Faculty Mentor

Dr. Nastaran Simarasl is an Assistant Professor of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship at Cal Poly Pomona. She got her PhD in Organizations and Strategy from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville at Haslam College of Business. She also holds a PhD in Organizational Behavior and Human Resources from the University of Isfahan and a master’s degree in Organization Development from Allameh Tabataba’ee University. Dr. Simarasl’s research focuses on how minority entrepreneurs make strategic decisions for their start-ups. Her research on women entrepreneurs’ social capital in developed and developing countries has won awards from national and international institutions, including the Global Development Network and the Center for International Education at the University of Tennessee. In her dissertation, she examined highly-educated immigrant entrepreneurs’ start-up location decisions.

Dr. Kenneth Lamb

Dr. Kenneth Lamb

Program Director and Faculty Mentor

Kenneth Lamb is a professional engineer (Nevada) with experience in consulting and academia. His consulting work included water resource engineering projects for new housing, new water and sewer infrastructure for communities and evaluating water leakage and flood damage to structures. His academic interests include improving student engagement through creative design, innovative teamwork, and leadership experiences. These experiences are often executed in multidisciplinary teams in a variety of courses and co-curricular activities. The Entrepreneurship in STEAM course is, perhaps, the premier polytechnic experience at Cal Poly Pomona and he is delighted to be part of the instruction team.