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A Vertically Integrated Portfolio Process to Foster Entrepreneurial Mindset Within an Undergraduate Biomedical Engineering Curriculum

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2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual On line

Publication Date

June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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ENT Division Technical Session: EM Across the Curriculum II

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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation

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14

DOI

10.18260/1-2--34081

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https://peer.asee.org/34081

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Cristi L. Bell-Huff Georgia Institute of Technology

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Cristi L. Bell-Huff, PhD is a Lecturer in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University where she is involved in teaching and engineering education innovation and research. In addition to her PhD in Chemical Engineering, she also has an MA in Educational Studies. She has industrial experience in pharmaceutical product and process development as well as teaching experience at the secondary and post-secondary levels.

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Todd M. Fernandez Georgia Institute of Technology

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Todd is a lecturer in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. His research interests are about engineering students beliefs about knowledge and their formation through the engineering education experience.

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Kali Lynn Morgan

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Paul Benkeser Georgia Institute of Technology

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Paul J. Benkeser is a professor and Senior Associate Chair in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University. He is past chair of ASEE BED and has served a number of roles for IEEE EMBS.

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Joseph M. LeDoux Georgia Institute of Technology

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Joe Le Doux is the Associate Chair for Undergraduate Learning and Experience in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University. Dr. Le Doux research efforts focus on professional and interpersonal practices that promote inclusion, belonging and state authenticity, socio-cognitive aspects of interactive learning environments, and story-driven learning.

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Abstract

The Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech is currently making an intentional effort to vertically integrate entrepreneurial minded learning within the undergraduate curriculum. With funding from the Kern Family Foundation, the goals of this work are not only to better equip students to meet the demands of the modern marketplace but also to empower students to tell the story of their growth into entrepreneurially minded engineers. In order to tell this story, students engage in a portfolio process grounded in evidence and reflection. The structure of this story-centric curricular framework consists of a first-year launcher course where foundational topics such as design thinking, reflection, folio thinking, and entrepreneurial mindset are introduced. At the other end of the framework is a unique course called The Art of Telling Your Story. In this upper level course, students learn to tell their unique stories of their experiences and entrepreneurial mindset growth culminating in an ePortfolio. In between these two curricular bookends, students are involved in their core biomedical engineering classes. Five of these core courses are designated as gateway courses. In gateway courses, students complete signature assignments specifically created to foster entrepreneurial mindset and critical reflection. These signature assignments are also designed to produce meaningful artifacts and experiences that may later be used as part of students’ stories and portfolios. In this paper, we describe the details of the structure and implementation of this vertically integrated curricular framework and present evidence of entrepreneurial mindset growth within freshmen and upper level students’ ePortfolios.

Bell-Huff, C. L., & Fernandez, T. M., & Morgan, K. L., & Benkeser, P., & LeDoux, J. M. (2020, June), A Vertically Integrated Portfolio Process to Foster Entrepreneurial Mindset Within an Undergraduate Biomedical Engineering Curriculum Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34081

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