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Achieving Scale of Educational Innovations: A Panel Session of Start-Up/Entrepreneurial Approaches

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

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June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation

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26.144.1 - 26.144.3



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Ann F. McKenna Arizona State University, Polytechnic campus

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Ann F. McKenna is a Professor and Director of the Polytechnic School in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University. Prior to joining ASU she served as a program director at the National Science Foundation in the Division of Undergraduate Education, and was on the faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Segal Design Institute at Northwestern University. Dr. McKenna received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. McKenna is also a Senior Associate Editor for the Journal of Engineering Education.

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Karl A Smith University of Minnesota Twin Cities

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Emeritus Professor of Civil Engineering, Morse-Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor, Executive Co-Director STEM Education Center, and Faculty Member, Technological Leadership Institute at the University of Minnesota; and Cooperative Learning Professor of Engineering Education, School of Engineering Education, at Purdue University. E-mail:, web:

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Chris Swan Tufts University Orcid 16x16

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Chris Swan is the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Curriculum Development in the School of Engineering and an associate professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering department at Tufts University. He has additional appointments in the Department of Education, Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service and Center for Engineering Education and Outreach at Tufts. His current engineering education research interests focus on learning through service-based projects and using an entrepreneurial mindset to further engineering education innovations. He also researches the development of reuse strategies for waste materials.

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Rocio C. Chavela Guerra American Society for Engineering Education

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Russell Korte Colorado State University

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Achieving  Scale  of  Educational  Innovations:   A  Panel  Session  of  Start-­‐Up/Entrepreneurial  Approaches    Governmental,  corporate  and  non-­‐profit  organizations  have  been  calling  for  transformational  change  in  science,  technology,  engineering  and  mathematics  (STEM)  education  in  the  U.S.  for  many  years.  As  a  result,  a  number  of  Federal  agencies  as  well  as  corporate  foundations  have  invested  significant  resources  in  an  effort  to  improve  teaching  and  learning  in  STEM  disciplines.    However,  those  efforts  that  may  have  the  potential  for  transformative  change  often  do  not  scale  or  extend  far  beyond  their  local  settings;  furthermore,  they  are  difficult  to  sustain  without  continued  external  funding.    This  panel  brings  together  several  groups  who  are  focused  on  fostering  an  entrepreneurial  mindset  to  advance  the  scaling  and  sustaining  of  educational  innovations.  The  panelists  will  offer  approaches  and  strategies  for  achieving  scale  by  examining  the  educational  ecosystem,  and  offering  entrepreneurship-­‐focused  models  to  embed  this  goal  at  the  outset.  The  panel  will  consist  of  four  representatives.    1.  Epicenter  offers  entrepreneurship  and  innovation  programs  for  engineering  faculty  and  students;  partners  with  leaders  in  academia  and  government  to  build  a  national  entrepreneurship  agenda  in  engineering;  conducts  research  on  higher  education  models;  hosts  online  classes  and  resources;  and  forms  communities  around  entrepreneurship  in  engineering  education.  (    2.  I-­‐Corps™  L  is  designed  specifically  for  STEM  educators  with  innovative  teaching  strategies,  technologies,  or  set  of  curriculum  materials.  The  principal  goal  of  the  program  is  to  foster  an  entrepreneurial  mindset  within  the  education  community  and  to  impact  the  way  innovations  are  designed  and  implemented.  It  provides  real  world,  hands-­‐on  training  and  a  model  approach  to  assess  the  potential  for  sustainable  scalability  of  education  innovations.  The  I-­‐Corps™  L  program  uses  a  lean  startup  approach  to  scaling  teaching  and  learning  innovations  into  broad  practice  by  using  established  strategies  for  start-­‐ups.    (­‐corps-­‐l/about)    3.  The  National  Science  Foundation  established  the  Innovation  Corps  (I-­‐Corps™)  with  the  primary  goal  to  foster  entrepreneurship  that  will  lead  to  the  commercialization  of  technology  that  has  been  supported  previously  by  NSF-­‐funded  research.  Combining  experience  and  guidance  from  established  entrepreneurs  with  a  targeted  curriculum,  I-­‐Corps  is  a  public-­‐private  partnership  program  that  teaches  grantees  to  identify  valuable   1product  opportunities  that  can  emerge  from  academic  research,  and  offers  entrepreneurship  training  to  student  participants.  (­‐corps/)    4.  VentureWell  (originally  called  the  National  Collegiate  Inventors  and  Innovators  Alliance,  or  NCIIA)  offers  grants  to  faculty  to  start  programs  in  technology  entrepreneurship,  particularly  ones  that  focused  on  the  development  of  E-­‐Teams—groups  of  students,  faculty  and  advisors  working  to  commercialize  a  novel  idea.  VentureWell  also  funds  the  best  E-­‐Teams  coming  out  of  those  courses  and  programs,  helping  them  bring  their  inventions  to  market.  The  goal  is  to  stimulate  science  and  technology  invention,  innovation  and  entrepreneurship  on  university  and  college  campuses,  and  move  the  strongest  ideas  rapidly  forward  to  commercialization.  (    Each  of  these  group’s  representative  will  provide  unique  insights,  and  practical  and  proven  approaches  on  how  to  make  headway  for  scaling  and  sustainability  of  educational  innovations.  The  panel  session  will  be  designed  to  be  interactive.  The  working  schedule  is  given  below  but  can  be  modified  to  adjust  to  the  conference  schedule.  Short  introduction  of  panelists  (5  min)  Panel  Q  &  A  with  5-­‐7  key  questions  (55  min)  Wrap-­‐up  with  questions  from  the  audience  (10  min)               2

McKenna, A. F., & Smith, K. A., & Swan, C., & Chavela Guerra, R. C., & Korte, R. (2015, June), Achieving Scale of Educational Innovations: A Panel Session of Start-Up/Entrepreneurial Approaches Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23483

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