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A Comprehensive Review of Entrepreneurship Course Offerings in Engineering Programs

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016





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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation Division Technical Session 9

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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation

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S. Jimmy Gandhi California State University - Northridge

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Dr. S. Jimmy Gandhi is an assistant professor at California State University, Northridge. His research interests and the courses he teaches includes Quality Management, Lean Manufacturing, Innovation & Entrepreneurship,Sustainability as well as research in the field of Engineering Education. He has over 30 conference and journal publications and has brought in over $500K in research grants to The California State University, Northridge.

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Mario G. Beruvides P.E. Texas Tech University

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Dr. Mario G. Beruvides is the AT&T Professor of Industrial Engineering and Director of the Laboratory for Systems Solutions in the Industrial Engineering Department at Texas Tech University. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas. He holds a BS in mechanical engineering and an MSIE from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida and a PhD in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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Sepideh Taghizadeh

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Jennifer A. Cross Texas Tech University

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Entrepreneurship education is becoming increasingly important in Engineering Schools. This is a trend that started several years ago in the U.S. and is also spreading internationally. This is because engineers are responsible for providing solutions to enhance economically viable technological innovation and improve the quality of life. However, as society develops, engineers face new and evolving challenges which call for varied and innovative approaches to solving these problems. The National Academy of Engineers’ book titled “The Engineer of 2020,” clearly talks about the changing role of the engineer in 2020.

Due to all these forces, engineering is evolving as a profession. This process of evolution cannot be achieved unless an entrepreneurial mindset is created amongst the engineers of 2020 and beyond. To address these entrepreneurial demands facing students, various engineering programs are taking different initiatives to develop an entrepreneurial mind-set and corresponding skill-set. A number of different engineering schools around the country are trying a number of different initiatives as far as incorporating entrepreneurship as part of undergraduate and graduate engineering education and there is no clear prescribed entrepreneurship content/curriculum.

The authors have done a comprehensive review of entrepreneurship course offerings in US Engineering Programs. This includes analyzing whether the programs are offered by the engineering schools themselves or in partnership with a business school and what other offerings they have for their students in addition to course work offered. This analysis assists in identifying patterns about the current coursework that is being included in engineering programs. The authors will also make recommendations on how the current offerings can be improved to be able to create the entrepreneurial mind-set for engineering graduates.

Gandhi, S. J., & Beruvides, M. G., & Taghizadeh, S., & Cross, J. A. (2016, June), A Comprehensive Review of Entrepreneurship Course Offerings in Engineering Programs Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26295

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