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Building Action-Oriented Collaborations with Industry Advisory Boards to Promote Entrepreneurial Mindset Learning (EML)

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2023 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Baltimore , Maryland

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June 25, 2023

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June 25, 2023

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June 28, 2023

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College Industry Partnerships Division (CIP) Technical Session 2

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College Industry Partnerships Division (CIP)

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Jagadish Torlapati Rowan University

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Dr. Jagadish Torlapati is currently a Senior Lecturer at the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Rowan University in Glassboro. His primary areas of interest are environmental and water resources engineering.

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Jodi F. Prosise University of Wisconsin, Platteville

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Jodi Prosise is Chair of Engineering and Physics and an Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. She earned her PhD in Biomedical Engineering at University of Minnesota and her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineerin

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Philip J. Parker, P.E. University of Wisconsin, Platteville

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Philip Parker, Ph.D., P.E., is Program Coordinator for the Environmental Engineering program at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. He is co-author of the textbook "Introduction to Infrastructure" published in 2012 by Wiley. He has helped lead the

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Kauser Jahan Rowan University

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Kauser Jahan completed her Ph.D. studies in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis in 1993. She holds a B.S. degree in civil engineering from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology and an M.S.C.E. from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. After completion of her graduate studies, she worked as an environmental engineer for the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP). Her research interests include bioremediation of contaminated groundwater and soils; the fate and transport of pollutants in the environment; biodegradation of industrial and municipal wastewaters; physicochemical treatment of water and wastewater treatment; applied microbiology in environmental engineering. Dr. Kauser Jahan has been one of the cornerstones of the College of Engineering at Rowan University. She is a leader and innovator in the area of curriculum development and has become a nationally and internationally known expert in teaching. She has directed four critical programs: the Attracting Women into Engineering Program, the National Science Foundation – Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program in pollution prevention, the Rowan Engineering Clinics for Teachers Program and the Engineers on Wheels program. She has worked at all levels to advance engineering especially the representation of women and minorities. Dr. Jahan is a registered professional engineer and a 2015 Fulbright Scholar. She has received many prestigious awards that recognize her contributions to engineering education.

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Moira Kelly Smith

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Industrial Advisory Boards (IABs) assist academic programs with the accreditation process and ensure that the curriculum maintains currency to meet the demands of the rapidly evolving workplace. In addition, IABs also provide students with employment and internship opportunities to bridge the gap between classroom materials and practical experiences. Currently, most IABs have bi-annual or annual meetings at academic institutions to provide feedback and general program assistance. However, this feedback might take a long time to be implemented due to a lack of initiative and follow-up between meetings which leads to a lack of active engagement from the IAB members. To mitigate these issues and generate action-oriented collaborative partnerships between academia and IABs, we propose a Strategic Doing (SD) workshop with the IAB members. Strategic Doing is a framework developed by the Agile Strategy Lab at Purdue University to help form collaborations quickly and move these collaborations towards actions with measurable outcomes. SD framework involves ten simple rules which result in a non-hierarchical collaboration between academia and IABs. This framework focuses on action in 30-day cycles, so the IAB members stay engaged as partners for longer periods. In this paper, we present the details of the SD workshop conducted with the IAB members of ’s Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Engineering Department and ’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. We also present the partnership projects developed as a part of these workshops at both universities. In addition, these projects were mapped to the 3 C’s (Curiosity, Connections, and Creating Value) to evaluate the potential for Entrepreneurial Mindset Learning (EML) among undergraduate students. EML is a pedagogical framework developed by Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN) to promote graduates to become value creators for their organizations.

This approach of generating collaborative partnership projects between IAB members and academic institutions using SD was first done at the ’s Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Engineering Department in Spring 2022. The participants went through the SD process of 10 rules, during a 3-hour long workshop, to generate actionable assets that can be combined to pilot a pathfinder project that has a high impact and is easy to accomplish in a short time frame. Nineteen industry partners, five faculty members, and 4 staff from institutional advancement participated in the workshop to explore the question “Imagine that ’s MEIE graduates exceeded their employer's expectations of how much value they create for their employer. How might we get there?” From this workshop, four partnership projects were developed and implemented for the 2022-2023 academic year. Subsequently, this approach was implemented at ’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Department during the Fall 2022 semester. The participants of the workshop included 7 IAB members, 3 faculty, and one faculty member from . The participants were divided into two tables of 6 people each and were provided an appreciative framing question, “Imagine if the CEE department had a strong partnership with local industry, what would that look like?”. These pathfinder projects will be implemented in early Spring 2023.

Torlapati, J., & Prosise, J. F., & Parker,, P. J., & Jahan, K., & Smith, M. K. (2023, June), Building Action-Oriented Collaborations with Industry Advisory Boards to Promote Entrepreneurial Mindset Learning (EML) Paper presented at 2023 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Baltimore , Maryland. 10.18260/1-2--43072

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