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Designing An Engineering Entrepreneurship Curriculum For Olin College

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

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June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



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Product and Venture Creation Curriculum

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7.379.1 - 7.379.13

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Steven Krumholz

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Steve Schiffman

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Sean Munson

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John Bourne

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James Krejcarek

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Dan Lindquist

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Susan Fredholm

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Session 1654

Designing an Engineering Entrepreneurship Curriculum for Olin College

Susan Fredholm, James Krejcarek, Steven Krumholz, Dan Linquist, Sean Munson, Steve Schiffman and John Bourne

Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering Babson College


This paper presents the initial design of the engineering entrepreneurship curriculum for the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering. The methods for design, components of the curriculum and how the curriculum is interwoven with mainstream engineering disciplines at Olin College are described. The major elements of the curriculum that is being planned include: (1) a set of modules for learning the basics of entrepreneurship, (2) interaction with several on-campus and distributed hatcheries, (3) a set of in-depth learning interactions (projects, modules, courses) that provide depth of knowledge in engineering entrepreneurship and (4) capstone experiences in entrepreneurship during the sophomore year and the final year of the undergraduate curriculum. New courses/modules specifically targeted on technology entrepreneurship are being designed between Babson College and Olin College. Babson College’s number one ranking in entrepreneurship is being fully leveraged by joint appointments of faculty, cross registrations between Olin and Babson and the initiation of many projects between the two schools designed to create the premier engineering/technology entrepreneurship curriculum in the world.


Olin College The Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, located in Needham, MA, was founded in 1997 through a generous grant from the Franklin W. Olin Foundation. Scheduled to open in the fall of 2002, the College admitted 30 “Partners”, or students, in the fall of 2001 who have helped the faculty design the curricula, co-curricula and other aspects of student life. Along with an additional 46 students, the Partners will become part of the first class. The Olin curriculum centers around “superb Proceedings of the 2002 American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exhibition Copyright © 2002, American Society for Engineering Education

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Krumholz, S., & Schiffman, S., & Munson, S., & Bourne, J., & Krejcarek, J., & Lindquist, D., & Fredholm, S. (2002, June), Designing An Engineering Entrepreneurship Curriculum For Olin College Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada.

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