Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation
Traditional chemical engineering curriculum focus on the math, science and engineering fundamentals culminating in a senior year process design course. These courses are excellent preparation for most chemical engineering jobs, but they typically omit very practical skills such as curiosity, connections and creating value. The lack of these fundamentals of the entrepreneurial mindset puts chemical engineers at a disadvantage in today’s workplace. The faculty at XX University have made the effort to focus on EML (entrepreneurial minded learning) by creating modules that can be implemented in already existing courses. These modules all vary in time scale, and application, but have the same goal: to introduce chemical engineers to the entrepreneurial mindset. This paper will review five different modules created and presented to students. The projects vary from elective courses (intro to biotechnology and polymer science) to required courses (heat transfer operations and process design). The projects included an attempt to explore a contrarian viewpoint by evaluating “bad” plastics, developing a new technology based upon RNA detection, design of a shower without electricity, 3-D printing of heat exchanger plates, and applying systems thinking (specifically heuristics) to a process design. The projects were all evaluated using student surveys and post implementation reflection by the faculty. In all cases the faculty believed the students gained some understanding of EM concepts. The authors believe these same modules can be implemented in similar classes at other institutions with equal success.
Comolli, N. K., & Elmer, J. J. (2018, June), Entrepreneurial Mindset (EML) Modules for Chemical Engineering Courses Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30433
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