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Essential Factors Related to Entrepreneurial Knowledge in the Engineering Curriculum

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Teaching and Learning Entrepreneurship and Innovation

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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation

Page Count

9

Page Numbers

25.581.1 - 25.581.9

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https://peer.asee.org/21338

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42

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Mary E. Besterfield-Sacre University of Pittsburgh

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Mary Besterfield-Sacre is an Associate Professor and Fulton C. Noss Faculty Fellow in Industrial Engineering. She is the Director for the new Engineering Education Research Center (EERC) in the Swanson School of Engineering, and serves as a Center Associate for the Learning Research and Development Center at the University of Pittsburgh. Her principal research is in engineering assessment, which has been funded by the NSF, Department of Education, Sloan Foundation, Engineering Information Foundation, and the NCIIA. Besterfield-Sacre’s current research focuses on three distinct but highly correlated areas of innovative design, entrepreneurship, and modeling. She is an Associate Editor for the AEE Journal.

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Allison Michelle Robinson

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Nur Özge Özaltin University of Pittsburgh

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Nur Özge Özaltin is a Ph.d. candidate in the Industrial Engineering Department at the University of Pittsburgh. She received her B.S. in industrial engineering at Bosphorus University in Turkey and her master;s degree in industrial engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, respectively. Her research interest involves improving innovation through modeling the design process.

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Larry J. Shuman University of Pittsburgh Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/https://0000-0001-6884-7070

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Larry J. Shuman is Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and professor of industrial engineering at the Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh. His research focuses on improving the engineering education experience, with an emphasis on assessment of design and problem solving, and the study of the ethical behavior of engineers and engineering managers. A former Senior Editor of the Journal of Engineering Education, Shuman is the founding Editor of Advances in Engineering Education. He has published widely in the engineering education literature, and is co-author of Engineering Ethics: Balancing Cost, Schedule and Risk - Lessons Learned from the Space Shuttle (Cambridge University Press). He received his Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University in Operations Research and the B.S.E.E. from the University of Cincinnati. Shuman is an ASEE Fellow.

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Angela M. Shartrand National Collegiate Inventors & Innovators Alliance (NCIIA)

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Phil Weilerstein National Collegiate Inventors & Innovators Alliance (NCIIA)

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As an entrepreneur leading a not-for-profit organization, Phil Weilerstein has grown the NCIIA (http://www.nciia.org/), from founding as a grassroots group of enthusiastic university faculty to an internationally recognized resource supporting and promoting technology innovation and entrepreneurship to create experiential learning opportunities for university students, and successful science and technology-based socially impactful businesses. NCIIA does this by providing a linked sequence of programs that develop community and help move faculty and student entrepreneurs from innovative ideas to the launch of products and businesses. Weilerstein began his career as an entrepreneur as a student at the University of Massachusetts. He and a team including his advisor launched a start-up biotech company and took it to IPO. This experience, coupled with a lifelong passion for entrepreneurship, led to his work with the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance. He is a founder of the Entrepreneurship Division of the American Society of Engineering Education and is the recipient of the 2008 Price Foundation Innovative Entrepreneurship Educators Award.

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Abstract

Essential Factors Related To Entrepreneurial Knowledge In The Engineering CurriculumGiven changes in the global economy, innovative entrepreneurial engineers are in high demand. As aresult, entrepreneurship has become one of the fastest growing academic areas in engineering. Yet, weknow little about what engineering students actually know regarding entrepreneurship in engineering. Toaddress this issue, we refer to a multi-institution pilot study using the Entrepreneurship KnowledgeInventory (EKI), a tool that measures students’ familiarity with common technological entrepreneurshipconcepts and terms. Results from this tool were analyzed to determine if significant differences inentrepreneurial knowledge existed between freshmen and senior engineering students, as well as betweensenior engineering students who had entrepreneurial experience and those without such experience.Results gathered from this analysis provide a foundation for a clearer understanding of gaps inengineering student knowledge, and thus guide improvements in specific areas of entrepreneurshipeducation. 1

Besterfield-Sacre, M. E., & Robinson, A. M., & Özaltin, N. Ö., & Shuman, L. J., & Shartrand, A. M., & Weilerstein, P. (2012, June), Essential Factors Related to Entrepreneurial Knowledge in the Engineering Curriculum Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/21338

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