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Developing A Creative Mindset

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2018 Mid Atlantic Section Fall Meeting

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Brooklyn Technical High School, Brooklyn, New York, New York

Publication Date

October 26, 2018

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October 26, 2018

End Date

October 27, 2018

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https://peer.asee.org/31447

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Sadan Kulturel-Konak Pennsylvania State University, Berks Campus

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Sadan Kulturel‐Konak is a Professor of Management Information Systems at Penn State Berks where she is also the Coordinator of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ENTI) Minor and the Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CEED). She received her Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Auburn University. Her research interests are in modeling and optimization of complex systems and robustness under uncertainty with applications to facility layout, reliability, and scheduling. She has published her research in numerous journals including IIE Transactions, OR Letters, INFORMS Journal on Computing, INFORMS Transactions on Education, International Journal of Production Research, European Journal of Operational Research, and Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing Computers. She is a member of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) and American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). She is the past chair of ASEE Mid-Atlantic Section. She has been a principal investigator in sponsored projects from National Science Foundation (NSF) and Venture Well. sadan@psu.edu.

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Abdullah Konak

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Abdullah Konak is a Professor of Information Sciences and Technology at the Pennsylvania State University Berks. Dr. Konak received his degrees in Industrial Engineering, B.S. from Yildiz Technical University, Turkey, M.S. from Bradley University, and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Konak’s current research interest is in the application of Operations Research techniques to complex problems, including such topics as network design, network reliability, facilities design, and data mining. Dr. Konak has published papers in journals such as IIE Transactions, Operations Research Letters, Informs Journal on Computing, IEEE Transactions on Reliability, International Journal of Production Research, and Production Economics. He has been a principal investigator in sponsored projects from the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Labor, and the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance.
Dr. Konak currently teaches courses on Database Management Systems, Information Security, and Technology-based Entrepreneurship. He is a member of IEEE and INFORMS.

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Abstract

We usually define problem solving as an analytical or a procedural approach. I n a nutshell, problem solving involves defining the problem, setting performance metrics, establishing constraints, generating alternatives, and evaluating these alternatives. This approach almost exclusively employs left-brain thinking modes that rely on analytical thinking. However, creative problem solving is about insight and creating connections among concepts, some of which may appear unrelated. It relies on flexible and dynamic mental processes that use the whole-brain. It demands divergence from the usual patterns of thinking. Creative problem solving is also cooperative in nature, and it is most effective when it is done as a team. This interactive mini workshop aims to improve creative problem solving skills by reducing mental blocks to creative thinking using some exercises. Because such mental blocks are inherent to the human nature, it is usually difficulty to avoid them. First, several mental blocks to creativity will be discussed. Then, basic techniques are presented to minimize the negative effects of mental blocks on creative problem solving.

Kulturel-Konak, S., & Konak, A. (2018, October), Developing A Creative Mindset Paper presented at 2018 Mid Atlantic Section Fall Meeting, Brooklyn Technical High School, Brooklyn, New York, New York. https://peer.asee.org/31447

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