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Analysis of Student Utilization and Activities in a Campus Innovation Center

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

Conference Session

Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation Division Technical Session 5

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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation

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William A. Kline Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

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Bill Kline is Professor of Engineering Management and Associate Dean of Innovation at Rose-Hulman. His teaching and professional interests include systems engineering, quality, manufacturing systems, innovation, and entrepreneurship. As Associate Dean, he directs the Branam Innovation Center which houses campus competition teams, maker club, and projects.

He is currently an associate with IOI Partners, a consulting venture focused on innovation tools and systems. Prior to joining Rose-Hulman, he was a company co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Montronix, a company in the global machine monitoring industry.

Bill is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Illinois College and a Bronze Tablet graduate of University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign where he received a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering.

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Timothy Chow Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology


Tony Ribera Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

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Tony Ribera serves as the Director of Assessment in the Office of Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. He most recently worked at the Indiana University School of Medicine where he served as the Director of Program Evaluation in the Office of Medical Student Education. Tony has a PhD from Indiana University in Higher Education and Student Affairs.

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The ABC Innovation Center has served our campus for six years providing support for competition teams, capstone and class projects, a maker space, and other campus activities. The 16,000 sq ft building provides project space, supervision, and access to fabrication and prototyping resources. The innovation center has been a popular and increasingly utilized resource with student entries to the building increasing 1.35 times in the last two years.

This paper will report on student utilization of our innovation center through the analysis of activity records. Over the years of operation of the center, multiple measures of student activity and utilization have been collected including lock logs, team rosters, and training completions. This paper will analyze these sources of data and report on several aspects of growth and utilization of the center including a. overall level of student activity over the last three years, b. student activity broken down by time of year, quarter, and day, c. student gender and class year, and d. student participation in training classes.

The paper will also report on assessment approaches that have been used and general student feedback on the center and activities. It is believed that these results are useful in a variety of situations including prioritizing center activities, marketing the program to students, allocating space, scheduling staff, and determining overall resource needs.

Kline, W. A., & Chow, T., & Ribera, T. (2018, June), Analysis of Student Utilization and Activities in a Campus Innovation Center Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--29801

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