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An Automated Entrepreneurial Team Selection Tool

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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

June 29, 2016





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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation Division Technical Session 10

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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation

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Rolfe J. Sassenfeld New Mexico State University

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Dr. Rolfe Sassenfeld, son of German Rocket Scientist Dr. Helmut Sassenfeld, earned his Doctoral degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Texas, El Paso. He has worked in higher education for 25 years as a Director of Instructional Technology, Computer Science Faculty, and Research Assistant Professor. He is presently an Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of the Electronics and Computer Engineering program in the Engineering Technology department of New Mexico State University. His research focus is developing and teaching Android App development to engineers and entrepreneurs with innovative tools that can be utilized by programming novices.

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Luke Nogales New Mexico State University

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Luke Nogales loves to help innovators reach their potential. Luke is an Assistant Professor in the Engineering Technology department at New Mexico State University (NMSU) and an Enterprise Advisor at NMSU’s on-campus incubator, the Arrowhead Center. He teaches core mechanical engineering technology courses and is developing innovation and product development curriculum for the College of Engineering and the College of Business. He is an advisor and co-founder of NMSU's Aggie Innovation Space. Prior to working at NMSU, Luke worked as an innovator at Procter & Gamble. He helped develop new products and businesses for a variety of markets, ranging from eco-conscious North Americans to bottom-of-the-pyramid consumers in the developing world. Luke has a BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology from NMSU and an MS in Product Design and Development from Northwestern University.

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Barbara Andrea Gamillo New Mexico State University

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Bárbara Gamillo began her appointment as an Assistant Professor at New Mexico State University (NMSU) in 2014 and became the Information Engineering Technology Program Coordinator in 2015. She teaches computer networking, programming, hardware, and operating systems for the Information Engineering Technology program. Bárbara is a proud graduate of NMSU, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology and a Masters of Science in Industrial Engineering with an emphasis on Engineering Management. Prior to serving NMSU, Bárbara served as a Software Engineer at one of NASA’s Tracking and Data Satellite System Ground Terminals where she provided real-time support, lead projects, and managed software deliveries.

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This is a Work in Progress paper and will focus on the development and implementation of a software tool for engineering entrepreneurship team selection. Students working in teams is an integral part of today’s engineering learning experience. Selection of students for team placement is often done manually or in some other ad hoc fashion. We present an automated software tool we call “TeamBuilder” for forming teams in the classroom, as well as for supporting forming entrepreneurial teams. Our tool incorporates factors such as the student’s personality, experience, major, and gender. TeamBuilder uses the Teamology approach, which utilizes Carl Jung’s personality formula, similar to the Myers-Briggs type indicator, to classify a student’s primary cognitive mode. The TeamBuilder program also incorporates a student’s demographic information, enabling users to better specify the team makeup. Instructors can select and prioritize the criteria for group composition and TeamBuilder automatically builds the teams. This tool allows any instructor to quickly form teams that have diversity or similarities with respect to personality type, primary cognitive modes, academic major, specific experience or expertise, and gender. With TeamBuilder, instructors can prioritize which factors are most important for the particular team exercise. TeamBuilder also offers the ability to create completely randomized student teams. This tool can support and facilitate researchers studying the effect of team composition on student learning. Instructors can even use TeamBuilder to create randomized control teams to use as comparison to teams with specific compositions. In this paper we discuss the evolution of the TeamBuilder software and its use in the entrepreneurship team formation. We provide illustrative examples of TeamBuilder in use within courses to study the effect on students’ team formation preferences. Initial data is used to directionally assess the performance of teams formed ad hoc versus with TeamBuilder.

Sassenfeld, R. J., & Nogales, L., & Gamillo, B. A. (2016, June), An Automated Entrepreneurial Team Selection Tool Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26574

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