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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation
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.
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