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Conceptualizing Entrepreneurial Mind-set: Definitions and Usage in Engineering Education Research

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

Start Date

June 15, 2019

End Date

June 19, 2019

Conference Session

Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation Division Technical Session 3

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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation

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Prateek Shekhar University of Michigan Orcid 16x16

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Prateek Shekhar is an Assistant Research Scientist at the University of Michigan. His research is focused on examining translation of engineering education research in practice, assessment and evaluation of dissemination initiatives and educational programs in engineering disciplines. He holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, M.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of Southern California and B.S. in Electronics and Communication Engineering from India.

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Aileen Huang-Saad University of Michigan

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Aileen is faculty in Engineering Education and Biomedical Engineering. Previously, Aileen was the Associate Director for Academics in the Center for Entrepreneurship and was responsible for building the Program in Entrepreneurship for UM undergraduates, co-developing the masters level entrepreneurship program, and launching the biomedical engineering graduate design program. Aileen has received a number of awards for her teaching, including the Thomas M. Sawyer, Jr. Teaching Award, the UM ASEE Outstanding Professor Award and the Teaching with Sakai Innovation Award. Prior to joining the University of Michigan faculty, she worked in the private sector gaining experience in biotech, defense, and medical device testing at large companies and start-ups. Aileen’s current research areas include entrepreneurship engineering education, impact and engaged learning. Aileen has a Bachelor’s of Science in Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, a Doctorate of Philosophy from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. Aileen is also a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Beta Sigma Gamma.

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In undergraduate engineering education, students are being increasingly exposed to entrepreneurship education through formal and informal programs. These contemporary programs have shifted from the traditional business-focused goal of venture creation to developing entrepreneurially minded engineers for a 21st century technology-driven global economy. To better design and implement these programs, it is critical to identify and assess their intended student learning outcomes. However, there is a lack of common ground among the engineering entrepreneurship community of researchers and practitioners on the intended outcomes of these programs, particularly with respect to entrepreneurial mindset. Our work attempts to better conceptualize how entrepreneurial mindset has been operationalized in current engineering assessment literature. We compare and contrast the current usage of ‘entrepreneurial mindset’ to identify similarities and inconsistencies in the conceptualization of the entrepreneurial mindset in recent engineering education literature and present implications of these findings for the engineering entrepreneurship community.

Shekhar, P., & Huang-Saad, A. (2019, June), Conceptualizing Entrepreneurial Mind-set: Definitions and Usage in Engineering Education Research Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32535

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