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Collaborative Efforts to Encourage Entrepreneurial Mindsets

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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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August 28, 2016





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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation Division Technical Session 10

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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation

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Brian E. Moyer University of Pittsburgh - Johnstown

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Brian E. Moyer is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, an adjunct professor for Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh, and an automation consultant for Crossroads Consulting, LLC. Brian's consulting, teaching and research focus areas include hardware and GUI software integration primarily using LabVIEW by National Instruments and kinematic and kinetic data collection and analysis methods for human body movement characterization especially as related to normal and perturbed (slipping) gait. Dr. Moyer earned a BS in mechanical engineering from Carnegie Mellon in 1993, a MS in mechanical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 1996, and a PhD in Bioengineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 2006. Brian teaches courses in computer programming for engineers, design, measurements, and dynamics.

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The goal of this paper is to discuss efforts to engage and inspire engineering students by adding entrepreneurial course content and creating relevant extra-programmatic opportunities. Three primary mechanisms discussed in this paper include 1) entrepreneurship-specific course modifications to both a first-year engineering course and to a second-year engineering design course (including collaboration with business faculty and students), 2) creation of entrepreneurially-relevant extracurricular clubs, activities, and events for students on campus and 3) introduction to extra-university interaction opportunities for engineering students interested in entrepreneurship with both the private sector and with students and mentors from other universities. It is hoped that descriptions of lessons learned and anecdotal evidence of successes may benefit other institutions attempting to more closely integrate entrepreneurial concepts with engineering education.

Moyer, B. E. (2016, June), Collaborative Efforts to Encourage Entrepreneurial Mindsets Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26508

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