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Emile: A Concerted Tech Based Entrepreneurship Effort Between Engineering And Business

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

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June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



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Entrepreneurship Education for Engineers

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7.471.1 - 7.471.12



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Thomas Crowe

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Sally Schwartz

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Mary Marrs

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Luis Occeña

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Jose Zayas-Castro

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Douglas Moesel

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Cathleen Burns

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Bin Wu

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EMILE: A concerted tech-based entrepreneurship effort between Engineering and Business

José L. Zayas-Castro, Cathleen S. Burns, Thomas J. Crowe, Mary E. Marrs, Douglas D. Moesel, Luis G. Occeña, Sally S. Schwartz, Bin Wu

University of Missouri-Columbia


Beginning in the fall of 1999 a team of faculty from engineering and from business at the University of Missouri-Columbia joined efforts to address the following question: How can we adapt and build upon the work of other universities to close some of the competency gaps for those students hired as engineers and managers engaged in manufacturing and innovation, given the existing needs and realities of our current and future manufacturing enterprises and the University of Missouri’s educational and industrial environment? In addition, the team considered a secondary question: How can the educational process instill a more entrepreneurial attitude in our undergraduate students?

The result of these efforts was the submission and approval of a proposal to the CCLI Program, Division of Undergraduate Education of NSF to adapt, test and adopt a strategy that puts together faculty, students, administrators and staff in implementing a certificate program jointly offered by the Colleges of Engineering and Business. This endeavor stimulates technology-based entrepreneurship by teaming faculty and students in an experiential learning environment and draws upon the Manufacturing Engineering Education Partnership -Learning Factory. The objectives are achieved through dynamically managing and implementing the following tasks: developing a sequence of three team taught (& designed) courses; the active use of an enhanced facility named Entrepreneurship-Manufacturing Innovation Lab Experience (EMILE); collaboration with industry partners; project assessment; and outreach to different stakeholders and interested parties.

The courses focus on the Enterprise: Conception, Design, and Operation. The teaching/learning strategy is based on team teaching between the engineering and business faculty with active and experiential learning, reducing or eliminating traditional lecturing. Interdisciplinary teams of students work together in generating ideas for product development, creating the business and operational plans of an enterprise that delivers a product or service to its customer base. Throughout the sequence, the teams are encouraged and required to use EMILE and other support facilities to insure that they integrate technology from conception to operation. EMILE’s main hub is a 3,143 square-foot high-bay mini-factory whose equipment and resources are being configured and enhanced for production and to induce active learning. To insure proper progress and continuous improvement the team-designed assessment plan spans program evaluation to stakeholders’ opinions, to class performance, and delivery by the faculty members . Acknowledgements: NSF Award # DUE-0088367; Mrs. Nancy D. Burke, IMSE-MU

“Proceedings of 2002 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2002, American Society for Engineering Education”

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Crowe, T., & Schwartz, S., & Marrs, M., & Occeña, L., & Zayas-Castro, J., & Moesel, D., & Burns, C., & Wu, B. (2002, June), Emile: A Concerted Tech Based Entrepreneurship Effort Between Engineering And Business Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--11283

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