New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation
A student team was formed consisting of majors from across campus including entrepreneurship, management, marketing, and electrical, mechanical and mechatronic engineering to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition 2016. Objectives of the competition are to deliver a market-driven technology application, develop an innovative business plan, and create a deployment strategy. Two faculty advisers, a mechanical engineering assistant professor from the College of Engineering and an entrepreneurship assistant professor from the College of Business designed and delivered content to help the student members effectively collaborate and innovate across their disciplines and form a cohesive and high functioning team. In addition to being members of the cross-disciplinary team, business and engineering students were concurrently enrolled in a business management market analysis course and a senior capstone engineering course, respectively. Since students were getting exposure to technical content through courses and membership in the program was voluntary, short activities in the form of workshops were delivered to the team during weekly meetings to develop and enhance skills in communications, project management, business development, brainstorming, and ideation. In addition, engineering students collaborated with business students in a social entrepreneurship class to provide technical expertise during market research and analysis, and students also presented to one another on topics related their particular disciplines. Data were collected using a questionnaire at the beginning of the two-semester project to determine levels of experience and attitudes toward teamwork. Additionally, students submitted two self-assessments during the first semester where they were asked to rank their level of engagement in various behaviors related to team interactions and explain the basis for their ranking. Finally, feedback was collected at the end of the first semester to determine if attitudes about teamwork changed and if so, how. This paper describes the workshops and student reflections on the process as well as students’ overall assessment of working in a cross-disciplinary team environment.
Alexander, D. G. (2016, June), Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration and Innovation for Engineering and Business Student Teams Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26607
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