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Disseminating Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiatives throughout a STEM-Focused Campus: An Agile Experience

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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

June 29, 2016





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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation Division Technical Session 8

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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation

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Jenifer Blacklock Colorado School of Mines

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Dr. Jenifer Blacklock is the Assistant Department Head in the Mechanical Engineering department at Colorado School of Mines. Jenifer is active in the Undergraduate Curriculum in the Mechanical Engineering department and is an advocate of using hands-on-learning tools to help develop strong math, science and engineering foundations.

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Mark B. Mondry Colorado School of Mines

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Mark B. Mondry is the Director of the Engineering & Technology Management Program and a Teaching Associate Professor at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado.

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Colorado School of Mines is a top public research university focusing on the STEM disciplines, with rigorous academics and a culture that encourages students to make a positive impact on our world. There is an undeniable thrust across engineering education to propel innovation and entrepreneurship throughout the undergraduate student experience, and it applies to our institution. In the fall of 2015, a small team of faculty and one student initiated a ambitious effort to build an ecosystem of innovation and entrepreneurship at Colorado School of Mines from the grassroots level using an agile approach of learning, doing, and iterating. This agile approach quickly created a critical-mass of activities, involvement and support. Remarkably, within one academic year, the effort successfully cultivated a vibrant and growing culture of innovation and entrepreneurship across the university’s community of students, faculty and staff.

The journey continues, but this paper describes the approach and activities applied to generate this new culture in a traditional STEM focused campus.

Blacklock, J., & Mondry, M. B. (2016, June), Disseminating Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiatives throughout a STEM-Focused Campus: An Agile Experience Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26858

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