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An Implementation of Innovative Thinking in the Entrepreneurship Curriculum for Engineers

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation Division Technical Session 6

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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation

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24.165.1 - 24.165.16

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S. Jimmy Gandhi California State University, Northridge

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Dr. S. Jimmy Gandhi is an assistant professor at California State University, Northridge, where he is the director of the Ernie Schaffer Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Dr. Gandhi teaches classes and has research interests in entrepreneurship, lean thinking, quality management, six sigma, project management, and sustainability.
Prior to coming to Cal State University, Northridge, Dr. Gandhi taught at City University of New York and also at the Stevens Institute of Technology, where he got his Ph.D. in engineering management with a focus on risk management of global sourcing projects.

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Dale S. Deardorff Rocky Peak Leadership Center

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An Implementation of Innovative Thinking in The Entrepreneurship Curriculum for Engineers S. Jimmy Gandhi, California State University, Northridge Dale Deardorff, Rocky Peak Leadership Center Lewlyn Rodrigues, Manipal Institute of TechnologyEntrepreneurship is increasingly being recognized as an important part of engineering education.However, it is also seen that establishing of a traditional business plan that was taught toengineers, is not considered as “the cutting edge” of doing entrepreneurship. Along these lines,the faculty in The College of Engineering and Computer Science at California State University,Northridge are working with industry leaders and professionals to continuously improve theentrepreneurship curriculum being taught to the engineers of today & tomorrow.One of the challenges that engineers have is to think outside the box and be innovative. As partof this effort to instill innovation and creative thinking in engineers as well as update theentrepreneurship curriculum, the authors have implemented various topics on innovativethinking into the curriculum. These topics include Lateral Thinking as well as 6 Thinking HatsApplications. These topics were included in the Fall 2013 entrepreneurship syllabus and havereceived positive feedback from the students. In this paper, the authors will talk about whataspects were included in the curriculum and how they can provide value by being included in thecurriculum.

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