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Developing Innovation Skills and Assessing Student Learning at MUSE

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Teaching Methods and Assessment

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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation

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25.431.1 - 25.431.16



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R. Radharamanan Mercer University

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R. Radharamanan is currently working as professor of industrial engineering and Director of Mercer Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (MCIE) at Mercer University in Macon, Ga. He has 38 years of teaching, research, and consulting experiences. His previous administrative experiences include President of International Society for Productivity Enhancement (ISPE), Acting Director of Industrial Engineering, as well as Director of Advanced Manufacturing Center at Marquette University and Research Director of CAM and Robotics Center at San Diego State University. His primary research and teaching interests are in the areas of innovation and entrepreneurship, manufacturing systems, robotics and automation, quality engineering, and product and process development. He has organized and chaired five international conferences, co-chaired two, and organized and chaired two regional conferences. He has received two teaching awards and several research and service awards in the United States and in Brazil. His professional affiliations include ASEE, IIE, ASQ, SME, ASME, and ISPE.

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Developing Innovation Skills and Assessing Student Learning at MUSE AbstractThis paper presents the innovation and entrepreneurship education activities of MercerEntrepreneurship Engineering Education Program (MEEEP) developed and implementedthrough Kern Family Foundation grants in 2007. How Mercer University School of Engineering(MUSE) promotes entrepreneurial mindset and develop innovation-related skills amongengineering students are presented in term of curriculum development, entrepreneurship clubactivities, recruiting and involving students and faculty, assessment of entrepreneurship courses,the challenges encountered in implementing/sustaining the program and the lessons learned.The course sequence developed and implemented integrates elements of entrepreneurship withengineering; develops an entrepreneurial mindset in engineering students; fosters innovation andcreativity in engineering disciplines; helps the students to develop business plans for theentrepreneurial design projects and compete in the annual business plan competition, andpromotes new ventures creation. The program outcome is measured based on the number ofstudents impacted, faculty involvement, number of students’ participation in conferences,number of patents applied, number of commercial products developed, number of companiesformed, and the feedback from graduating students. The students learning outcomes and theirprofessional competencies are assessed using KEEN-TTI assessment tool. Selected results arepresented and discussed.The expansion of this program through the recently established Mercer Center for Innovationand Entrepreneurship (MCIE) will support educational interdisciplinary curricula and co-curricular activities directly benefiting students and provide multi- and cross-disciplinaryteaching, learning, and research opportunities on innovation and entrepreneurship to faculty andstudents. The future work to be carried out through MCIE and MEEEP are highlighted anddiscussed.

Radharamanan, R. (2012, June), Developing Innovation Skills and Assessing Student Learning at MUSE Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21189

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