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A Program to Develop Resiliency, Self-confidence, Intrinsic Motivation, and a Sense of Purpose in Young Adults

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation Division – Program Development & Desired Outcomes

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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation

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26.89.1 - 26.89.19



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Sergio William Sedas Tecnológico de Monterrey Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Sergio Sedas is a professor at the Mechatronics Department at Tecnológico de Monterrey. He is former head of the Mechatronics undergraduate program and founder of multiple hi-tech companies. For over 25 years he has developed innovative industrial robotic and vision systems for Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies.

Interested in innovating education, in 2010 he began to research the human brain and human behavior to determine how to improve education, enhance intrinsic motivation, spark creativity and drive, increase resiliency and develop a strong sense of purpose. This led him to research the fields of neuroscience, positive psychology and cognitive psychology.

He is author of the book intentional possibility (to be released), of Context Based Learning (Learning through understanding) and of a national program to develop resiliency, self-confidence, intrinsic motivation and a sense of purpose in young adults. He is also founder of a company that helps people, companies and organizations to live with passion and intentionally create possibilities.

His ideas have been presented at TEDx in India, US Chamber of Commerce, Fortune 100 companies and multiple international academic and industrial forums.

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A  national  program  to  develop  resiliency,  passion,  intrinsic  motivation  and  a  strong  sense  of  purpose  in  students.    The  goal  of  this  work  is  to  develop  and  implement  an  early  development  undergraduate  program  that    will    help  students  increase    resiilency,  pasion,  intrinsic  motivation,  and  develop  a  strong  sense  of  purpose.  The  program  is  divided  in  two  parts.  In  the  first  part  students  use  techniques  adopted  from  positive  and  congnitive  psychology  to  develop  a  sense  of  awareness,  define  a  sense  of  purpose,  and  modify  thoughts  and  behaviours.  In  the  second  part,  students  intentionally  face  adversity  by  creating  a  Project  that  will  impact  between  50  and  200  people.      This  developes  a  sense  of  significance  and  a  sense  of  belonging,  it  also  provides  a  framework  for  the  student  to    face  adversity,  increase  self-­‐confidence,  and  develop  goal  setting,  planning  skills.  Students  learn  to  créate  a  nurturing  environment  through  Master  Mind  Groups,  Accountability  Partnerships,  and  Co-­‐coaching  strategies.  They  also  learn  to  intentionally  créate  possibility  and  to  enroll  volunteers  into  their  programs.      A  train  the  trainner  and  pilot  program  was  launched  in  multiple  campuses  at  Tecnológico  de  Monterrey  with  interesting  results.  Students  successfully  reached  out  to  their  communities  and  launched  programs  and  initiatives  that  contributed  to  the  wellbeing  of  their  communities.  In  one  campus  20  students  that  participated  in  the  project  impacted  over  1,000  people.  Social  media  has  spread  the  impact  inspiring  others  to  copy  and  replicate  their  initiatives.      Current  work  includes  the  inclusión  of  this  program  as  a  formal  component  of  the  engineering  curricula.        This  paper  will  outline  the  program,  review  the  pilars  of  resiliency,  describe  intentional  possibility  (Sedas)  and  document  some  of  the  success  cases.        

Sedas, S. W. (2015, June), A Program to Develop Resiliency, Self-confidence, Intrinsic Motivation, and a Sense of Purpose in Young Adults Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23430

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