June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation
22.583.1 - 22.583.6
Engineering Education and the Entrepreneurial MindAbstractOur current economy is facing many new challenges, including the challenge of technologicalcompetition from other countries. Engineering educators face the challenge of how to motivateour students to become competitive in a global marketplace. The challenge is how to bringinnovation back into the engineering disciplines, when many of our faculty have never worked inindustry, and so are not necessarily aware of the complex and multi-faceted problems faced byindustry. This paper describes our efforts to introduce the entrepreneurial mindset into ourundergraduate engineering students, primarily through a program that is transforming ourfaculty. We have completed two years of a program designed to help engineering educatorsteach innovation and become innovative in their teaching, and have received another grant togreatly expand it. This paper will present the background of the program, the assessment of thefirst two years of the program and its impact on student learning, and future expansion of theprogram. We will also discuss lessons learned and best practices, including the necessity ofworking across disciplinary boundaries and the importance of administrative support.
Fry, C. C., & Jordan, W. M. (2011, June), Engineering Educaton and the Entrepreneurial Mind Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17864
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