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Entrepreneurship Initiatives at uOttawa Engineering since 2006

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

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June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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Institutionalizing Entrepreneurship and Innovation

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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation

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Claude Lague P.Eng. University of Ottawa

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Dr. Claude Laguë, P.Eng., ing., FCAE│MACG, FEC│FIC, is a tenured Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Ottawa. An agricultural engineer holding degrees from Université Laval and from the University of California – Davis, Dr. Laguë specializes in the engineering of agricultural machinery and manure management systems and in the assessment and mitigation of the environmental impacts of agricultural activities. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario and in Québec.
He began his professional career as a project engineer for the consulting engineering firm Urgel Delisle et Associés. From 1989 to 1999 he held a faculty position at Université Laval, where his teaching and research activities focused on agricultural machinery engineering. While at Université Laval, Dr. Laguë also served as Vice-Dean (Research) of the Faculté des sciences de l'agriculture et de l'alimentation and he was the founding chair of the Département des sols et de génie agroalimentaire. In January 2000, Dr. Laguë was appointed to the Sask Pork Chair in Environmental Engineering for the Pork Industry industrial chair at the University of Saskatchewan's College of Engineering and he served as Dean of the College between 2002 and 2006.
Dr. Laguë is a member of a number of engineering societies, including the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), the Canadian Society for Engineering in Agricultural, Food and Biological Systems (CSBE|SCGAB), and the Canadian Engineering Education Association (CEEA|ACÉG). He is also a member of the Club of Bologna, an international association of experts in agricultural mechanization. Dr. Laguë received the Young Engineer of the Year and the Glen Downing awards from CSBE|SCGAB in 1998 and 2001 respectively. In 1995, the Association francophone pour le savoir (ACFAS) presented him with an award for the best extension article written by a university professor.
Dr. Laguë was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Ottawa in August 2006 and he completed his 10-year tenure on June 30, 2016. As the Chief Executive Officer of the Faculty of Engineering, Dr. Laguë's responsibilities extended to all academic and resource matters within the Faculty. He chaired the Faculty Council and the Faculty Executive Committee. At the University level, Dr. Laguë was a member of the University of Ottawa Senate. He has actively contributed to various committees, workgroups, and task forces dealing with academic, financial, labour relations, and space issues. A member of the National Council of Deans of Engineering and Applied Science (NCDEAS|CCDISA) from 2002 to 2016, Dr. Laguë chaired that organization between 2008 and 2011. In that capacity, he represented Canadian engineering schools at the Canadian Engineering Leadership Forum (CELF|FLGC) and served as an Advisor to Engineers Canada's Board of Directors. Between 2011 and 2013, Dr. Laguë served as Chair of the Council of Ontario Deans of Engineering (CODE).
He was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation (CEMF|FCGC) in 2009 and to that of Actua in 2012. Dr. Laguë was elected Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering in 2014. In 2016, the Regroupement des gens d’affaires de la Capitale nationale (RGA) presented him with a ‘Coup de cœur’ prize in recognition of his important contributions to the promotion and support of student entrepreneurship at the University of Ottawa. And in 2016 also, Engineers Canada named Dr. Laguë a Fellow in recognition of his many contributions to the advancement of the engineering profession in Canada. Dr. Laguë is currently a Fulbright Canada Scholar at the University of California - Davis in the area of entrepreneurship in engineering education.

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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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Richard Jean L'Abbé

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Retired past President and CEO of Med-Eng Systems Inc, a world leader in the design and production of protective ensembles and electronic equipment to safeguard against the effects of military and improvised explosive devices. Med-Eng equipment was trusted in over 120 Countries and Territories around the World. Mr. L'Abbé, graduated from the University of Ottawa (Canada) in Mechanical Engineering ('79). He is a big proponent of Strategic Planning and Human Resource optimization. Constantly creative, and focused on solving the customer's needs, Med-Eng products were known for their design excellence, and ease of use.

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The author served as Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Ottawa from 2006 to 2016. Building on a solid foundation (undergraduate option in engineering management and entrepreneurship, graduate program of studies in engineering management) that had been in place for more than 20 years at the time, the author championed the creation and implementation of a number of activities, initiatives, and programs aimed at increasing the exposure of undergraduate and graduate students in the areas of entrepreneurship, design, and innovation: Entrepreneurship and Innovation Endowment Fund (EIEF), Entrepreneurship Bridges Lecture (EBL) series, Prizes in Entrepreneurship and Innovation (PEI) student competitions, Brunsfield Group Engineering Student Projects and Entrepreneurship Centre, Faculty Coordinator for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Chair in Entrepreneurial Engineering Design (CEED1), Centre for Entrepreneurship and Engineering Design (CEED2), Richard L'Abbé Makerspace. The proposed paper will address the main issues associated to and lessons learned for each of these different initiatives: purpose and objectives, implementation and delivery, funding and support (internal and external), outcomes.

Lague, C., & Anis, H., & L'Abbé, R. J. (2017, June), Entrepreneurship Initiatives at uOttawa Engineering since 2006 Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28289

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