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Entrepreneurship, Engineering, Innovation, and Libraries: Empowering Innovators with Information

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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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New Tools for Teaching Entrepreneurship and Innovation

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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation

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Daniel Christe Drexel University (Eng. & Eng. Tech.)

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Daniel Christe has research interests at the nexus of mechanical engineering, materials science, and manufacturing centering on predictive design for functional fabrics that "see, communicate, sense, and adapt". Daniel is currently a research assistant in the Theoretical & Applied Mechanics Group and Drexel University’s Center for Functional Fabrics at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. He also holds a research appointment at the Department of Energy’s Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.

An active member of American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), he has a strong interest in creating new student-centered, engaging approaches to STEM education. As an Innovation Advisor to Elsevier’s Academic Engineering Solutions Library Advisory Board (AES-LAB), he has been the lead content developer for the 2016 Elsevier Engineering Academic Challenge and the 2015 Knovel Academic Challenge.

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Jay J. Bhatt Drexel University (Eng. & Eng. Tech.)

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Jay Bhatt is responsible for building library collections in engineering subject areas, outreach to faculty and students, and teaching information and research skills to faculty and students in Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and related subject areas. He provides individual and small group consultations to students, instructional sessions to specific classes, online research support in both face to face and distance learning programs, and conducts workshops for specialized research areas. Jay is actively involved with the Engineering Libraries Division of the American Society for Engineering Education

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Douglas G. McGee University of Pennsylvania Orcid 16x16


Ruth Wolfish IEEE

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As the IEEE Client Services Manager for the eastern US and Canada, my role is to expand awareness and knowledge of IEEE’s online products through training and marketing, my responsibilities include:
- Train engineers, researchers, librarians, and end-users in effective use of IEEE Xplore and the patent analytics tool “InnovationQ Plus”.
- Coordinate customized promotional events at customer sites
- Present workshops on topics such as: career & networking opportunities, authorship, innovation & entrepreneurship workshop.
- Represent IEEE at conferences and major industry events

Prior to joining IEEE, I had an 18-year career with AT&T/Lucent and its predecessor companies. My roles included Bell Labs Reference Librarian, management trainer and administrator of education, information specialist for business systems, and electronic content coordinator for Lucent's Digital Library

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​Nearly two-thirds of millennials aspire to start their own business or have already done so, according to several recent reports. Innovation and Entrepreneurship are dominant forces driving innovation in a dynamic global economy, and universities have an essential role in cultivating the innovators and entrepreneurs of the future. ​In most universities, capstone senior design courses have an entrepreneurship component. ​We describe a cross-institution workshop designed to heighten student awareness of university​​ resources supporting entrepreneurship. Drexel and University of Pennsylvania STEM libraries collaborated with the professional society IEEE to organize a workshop highlighting the role of campus information resources in empowering entrepreneurs. The workshop was organized in a panel discussion format, featuring technology transfer professionals, librarians from both institutions, and examples of successful innovators and entrepreneurs. This allowed for active interaction and networking with the panelists. We review the state-of-the-art in entrepreneurship education, report student feedback, and offer lessons learned from this experience.

Christe, D., & Bhatt, J. J., & McGee, D. G., & Wolfish, R. (2017, June), Entrepreneurship, Engineering, Innovation, and Libraries: Empowering Innovators with Information Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28290

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