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Approaches to Entrepreneurship and Leadership Development at an Engineering University

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

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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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Galina Burylina Kazan National Research Technological University


Phillip Albert Sanger Purdue University - West Lafayette

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Dr. Sanger is a professor in the School of Engineering Technology in the College of Technology of Purdue University. His focus and passion is real world, industry based, senior capstone experiences both domestically and internationally. He has successfully developed this area at Purdue and at Western Carolina University. Prior to his career in academia, Dr. Sanger had a successful 30 year career working in and with industry managing and participating in broad range technology development and commercialization.

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Julia Ziyatdinova

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Julia Ziyatdinova graduated from Kazan State Pedagogical University in 1999. Her major areas of study were foreign languages and she finished her University course with honors and qualification of teacher of English and Turkish. She continued her training and obtained PhD in Education degree in 2002. The topic of her PhD study was titled “System of Character Education in the US Schools: Current State and Trends for the Development”. She also received additional minor degrees in Management (1998) and Psychology (1999) in Kazan State Technological University.

Julia joined the team of Kazan State Technological University as an instructor at the Department of Foreign Languages and the School of Foreign Languages “Lingua” in 1999 and was rapidly promoted to the position of Associate Professor at the Department of Foreign Languages in 2003. Her teaching career was perfectly balanced by the experience of a translator and an interpreter. She is a well-known person at Kazan international conferences and other events for her high quality consecutive and simultaneous interpreting, such as interpreting for the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Tatarstan.

The new milestone in Julia’s career was the position of the Chair of Department of Foreign Languages for Professional Communication in 2007, when she took over all the responsibilities related to foreign language training at Kazan State Technological University. The teaching and research priorities of her department were then focused on professional and intercultural communication for students in a technical university, professional translation and creation of foreign language environment at a university.

Because of her talents and activities, Julia became one of key figures in university international life. When Kazan State Technological University obtained the new status of a National Research University and joined the list of Top 30 Russian universities, Julia was offered a position of a Head of University International Office. She took over this position in April 2011 and rapidly gathered a strong team of professionals to face the challenges of the new university status and transformed International Office into University International Affairs with two offices covering all the aspects of internationalization.

In addition to her intensive career, Julia is also the Director of Center for Intercultural Communication – a company within the University structure offering excellent language training services for students and adult employees.

Julia is the author and co-author of over 85 publications including monographs, journal articles and study guides.

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Dilbar Sultanova

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Doctor Dilbar Sultanova received her specialist degree in chemistry in 1997, and her PhD in economics in 2000. Both degrees were granted by Kazan National Research Technological University. Further postdoctoral studies resulted in obtaining Doctor of Economics degree, granted by St-Petersburg State University of Engineering and Economics (ENGECON) in 2009. The postdoctoral research was focused on the influence of a market structure on innovative activities of Russian chemical and petrochemical companies. The research was supported by the scholarship of the Government of the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia. Dilbar continued her career in Kazan National Research Technological University at the position of the Chair of the Department of Economics and Management in Nizhnekamsk Chemical Engineering Institute in 2002-2012. She supervised several projects for Tatarstan chemical and petrochemical companies in the years 2002-2007 and headed the Department of Macroeconomic Research in Advanced Economic Research Center in the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Tatarstan in the years 2007-2010. Her contribution to the projects was the supervision of their economic sections (including setting of research objectives, project supervision, economic assessment, report writing, presentations, and publishing of research discoveries). She was personally involved in the strategic planning of economic development at a regional level. All these research activities contributed to her outstanding professional recognition confirmed by the awards given by the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Tatarstan and the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Tatarstan.

Dr. Sultanova is currently chairing the Department of Innovations in Chemical Engineering at Kazan National Research Technological University. At this position she became the winner of the U.S. Russia Foundation grants focused on youth entrepreneurship development. Her current area of responsibilities includes development of multidisciplinary undergraduate and post graduate entrepreneurship programs at Kazan National Research Technological University, especially for Nizhnekamsk petrochemical cluster. She is also responsible for organisation of various entrepreneurship promotion events such as Best Student Business Plan competitions for the students pursuing their degrees in polymers. Dilbar is the author or co-author of 5 textbooks, and over 50 research papers. She is currently the member of the Dissertation Council in Economics at Kazan National Research Technological University.

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Engineers work to make things better, however, in modern global environment, engineers are likely to play several roles, that is, to create, manufacture, distribute and to administer the whole projects. Thus, entrepreneurial and leadership qualities become of no less importance than the classical engineering skills. Russian engineering universities, however, are lagging behind the leading US universities in introducing entrepreneurship into the engineering programs. Several steps, however, are made at some universities to bridge this gap. The paper introduces the experience of a Russian engineering university in developing entrepreneurship and leadership qualities of engineering students. At this university, three years ago, a mandatory course of entrepreneurship was introduced for all graduate engineering students. The course was created as the result of professional development programs for the faculty who visited several US universities and learned on site their successful experience of nurturing entrepreneurship and supporting leadership of engineering students. The course includes a series of lectures and practical classes, where students receive a task to write real life business plans or applications to granting programs. Moreover, students are invited to participate in additional classes given by leading international researchers and successful entrepreneurs. In the second year of the experiment, a survey was conducted among the students to evaluate the motivating factors and barriers to entrepreneurial activities. The survey was conducted in two stages, at the beginning of the course, and after its completion. The results show that course changes the attitude of students to engineering entrepreneurship, and the desire to run a business of their own. The paper gives the statistics on this survey and propose the solutions to improve entrepreneurial activities among the postgraduate students.

Burylina, G., & Sanger, P. A., & Ziyatdinova, J., & Sultanova, D. (2016, June), Approaches to Entrepreneurship and Leadership Development at an Engineering University Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26271

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