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Assessment and Evaluation of Villanova University’s Engineering Entrepreneurship Minor Program

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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

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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation Division Technical Session 3

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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation

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Pritpal Singh Villanova University

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Dr. Pritpal Singh is Professor and Chairman of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Villanova University. He received a BSc in Physics from the University of Birmingham, UK in 1978, and Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Applied Sciences/Electrical Engineering from the University of Delaware in 1981 and 1984, respectively. Dr. Singh teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the areas of semiconductor microelectronics, renewable energy systems and power electronics. He has been working on thin film solar cell research since 1979 including a Sabbatical Leave at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in 1993. He has also worked on several photovoltaic system projects

Dr. Singh has also worked on electric vehicle research, working on battery monitoring and management systems funded primarily by federal agencies (over $3.5 million of funding).

Dr. Singh has consulted for several companies including Ford Motor Company and Epuron, LLC. He has also served as a reviewer for the US Department of Energy and National Science Foundation. Dr Singh has over 100 conference and journal publications and holds six issued US patents.

Dr. Singh’s recent work is focused on improved, energy efficient devices and systems for use in rural health clinics in developing countries.

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Teresa Genevieve Wojcik Villanova University

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Teresa G. Wojcik is a faculty member in the Department of Education and Counseling at Villanova University. Her research includes the study of curricular and pedagogical innovation and implementation using qualitative methodologies. For example, she has investigated instructors’ interpretations of curriculum materials and their use of active teaching methods in the secondary school classroom.

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Villanova University has been offering an engineering entrepreneurship minor program for ten years. This 16 credit minor program starts with idea generation, proceeds through feasibility and prototyping courses and culminates in a business plan preparation course. There are also three practicum courses included in the minor that provide focused experiences for students in related themed areas.

The program has graduated over 100 students and continues to see a robust enrollment of about 12% of the engineering students and is the largest subscribed minor in the College of Engineering. After ten years of offering, it was decided to do an assessment of the program to evaluate its performance.

The program assessment was intended to accomplish three goals:

1) Explore the current state of the Engineering Entrepreneurship Minor at Villanova University. 2) Determine progress towards accomplishing program goals as defined by the Kern Family Foundation, the main sponsor of the Engineering Entrepreneurship Minor program at Villanova University 3) Evaluate whether modifications should be made in the Minor and provide recommendations for possible programmatic changes.

The program assessment was based on the collection and analysis of several forms of data. First, syllabi for each of the courses in the Minor provided insight into the learning objectives, instructional methods, and assessments employed by course instructors. A document analysis of course syllabi indicated the degree of alignment between the curriculum and the goals of the Kern Family Foundation to develop the “entrepreneurial mindset” in tandem with an engineering skillset. In order to gain insight into the perspectives of program faculty, students, and alumni, the program assessment included focus groups and interviews with each of these stakeholder groups. This paper will report on the results of this assessment and program evaluation and lessons learned about the present program and provide recommendations for improvements to the Engineering Entrepreneurship Minor program.

Singh, P., & Wojcik, T. G. (2018, June), Assessment and Evaluation of Villanova University’s Engineering Entrepreneurship Minor Program Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--29831

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