June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation
24.165.1 - 24.165.16
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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