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Ecosystems of Entrepreneurship in Canadian Engineering Faculties: A Systematic Map

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

Publication Date

June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

End Date

June 28, 2017

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Institutionalizing Entrepreneurship and Innovation

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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation

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Majed Jarrar University of Ottawa Orcid 16x16

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Majed Jarrar is a PhD candidate in e-Business at the University of Ottawa, and he teaches Technology Entrepreneurship for Engineers and Computer Scientists at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Ottawa. His research interests revolve around the impact of entrepreneurship on engineering education. He obtained his MASc in Electrical Engineering and B.Sc. in Electronics Engineering from the University of Ottawa, and the American University in Cairo, respectively.

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Hanan Anis University of Ottawa

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Hanan Anis holds an NSERC Chair in Entrepreneurial Engineering Design and is a professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Ottawa.

Prior to Joining the University in 2004, Hanan was the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at Ceyba, an optical long-haul networking company that employed 250 people at its peak. Hanan also worked at Nortel Networks in different positions conducting pioneering research in various areas of photonics, ranging from device physics to optical networking. She has numerous journal and conference publications and patents. Hanan's current research interests include Biophotonics, Innovation and engineering education.Her passion is to help students graduate with an entrepreneurial mind set that enable them to play leading roles in existing organizations or create their own jobs.

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The economic turbulence of the 21st century is changing the engineering career landscape. Large firms face great challenge in boosting the economy and creating more jobs amidst uncertain economical forecast. Engineers today need innovation, leadership and business skills more than ever. Engineering schools are becoming aware of the rising demand of engineers to learn about entrepreneurship – whether out of necessity or interest –, and entrepreneurship programs for engineers are becoming a trending topic. This paper explores the different ecosystems of entrepreneurship offered at faculties of engineering across Canada. We explore two research questions in this paper: a) What is the growth, in demand and availability, of entrepreneurship courses in engineering schools, and b) What are the different components of an entrepreneurship ecosystem in engineering faculties today. The intent of this research is not to compare which program is better; for there are surely many roads that lead to success. Rather, it is to explore the best practices from different proven models. This research is beneficial for professors who are building entrepreneurship courses for engineering students, and to researchers who are studying the impact of academic entrepreneurship on engineering education.

Jarrar, M., & Anis, H. (2017, June), Ecosystems of Entrepreneurship in Canadian Engineering Faculties: A Systematic Map Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28196

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