Story in the School of Engineering
James Bickford '08
Mechanical Engineering major
Mechanical engineering major gets the tools at SCU to co-found his own startup renewable energy business.
Originally from Tacoma, Wash., James Bickford would not have guessed he'd be called an entrepreneur before even graduating. But his participation in the 2007 Solar Decathlon took him down a surprising path: one month after receiving his diploma, he was reporting to work—at a start-up renewable energy business that he co-founded.
"I guess I always thought I'd end up working for someone else, that I'd be at a big company," says Bickford. "But developing an entrepreneurial spirit might be a by-product of being in Silicon Valley."