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Discovery to Market: Preparing Faculty and Graduate Students for Technology Commercialization and Entrepreneurship

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016





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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation Division Technical Session 1

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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation

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Nathalie Duval-Couetil Purdue University, West Lafayette Orcid 16x16

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Nathalie Duval-Couetil is the Director of the Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program, Associate Director of the Burton D. Morgan Center, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Technology Leadership and Innovation at Purdue University. She is responsible for the launch and development of the university’s multidisciplinary undergraduate entrepreneurship program, which has involved over 5000 students from all majors since 2005. She has established entrepreneurship capstone, global entrepreneurship, and women and leadership courses and initiatives at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Prior to her work in academia, Nathalie spent several years in the field of market research and business strategy consulting in Europe and the United States with Booz Allen and Hamilton and Data and Strategies Group. She received a BA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, an MBA from Babson College, and MS and PhD degrees from Purdue University. She currently serves on the board of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship in the role of Vice President for Research. She is also a Senior Research Advisor to the Stanford University Epicenter.

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Michael R. Ladisch Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Michael R. Ladisch is Director of the Laboratory of Renewable Resources Engineering (LORRE), and Distinguished Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering with a joint appointment in the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering. He was CTO at Mascoma Corporation from 2007 to 2013 and serves on Agrivida’s SAB. His BS (1973) from Drexel University and MS (1974) and PhD (1977) from Purdue University are in Chemical Engineering. Ladisch’s research addresses transformation of renewable resources into biofuels and bioproducts, protein bioseparations, and food pathogen detection. He is an author of two textbooks, numerous journal papers, and 20 patents. Ladisch was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1999, named as one of 100 engineers of the Modern Era by AIChE in 2008, received the Charles D. Scott Award in 2009, elected fellow of ACS and AAAS in 2011 and the National Academy of Inventors in 2014. He has recently joined the Board of the newly-formed Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research.

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Soohyun Yi Purdue University

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Soohyun Yi is a doctoral candidate in educational studies at Purdue University. She specialized in Psychometrics for her M.A. degree in South Korea, and had profound experience of validating measurement instruments and applying quantitative methods in educational and psychological research. Her current research interest is factors promoting high-ability student's achievement, STEM education, and program evaluation.

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Discovery to Market: Preparing Faculty and Graduate Students for Technology Commercialization and Entrepreneurship

The desire to move new discoveries from the laboratory to society combined with the evolution of university priorities in funding of operating expenses and research are leading to what Etzkowitz et al. (2000) dubbed the “entrepreneurial university.” This development is changing expectations placed on PhD students and faculty, particularly in STEM disciplines, who are increasingly expected to have the mindset, knowledge, and skills necessary to translate their knowledge into technology commercialization activities. This paper describes a full-semester, three-credit course developed at Purdue University called Life of a Faculty Entrepreneur: Discovery, Development and Translation, which is designed to respond to these trends and prepare PhD students and faculty for contemporary jobs in both academia and industry. The curriculum introduces participants to the intellectual, financial, and management processes involved in technology commercialization, focusing primarily on university-initiated, early-stage activities. Our goal is to contribute to the scholarship that will better prepare faculty and students to actively and more efficiently engage in technology commercialization activities.

Duval-Couetil, N., & Ladisch, M. R., & Yi, S. (2016, June), Discovery to Market: Preparing Faculty and Graduate Students for Technology Commercialization and Entrepreneurship Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26854

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