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Experiential and Interactive Learning in Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Entrepreneurship and Engineering Innovation Division Technical Session 4

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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation

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Bala Maheswaran Northeastern University

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Bala Maheswaran is currently a senior faculty in the College of Engineering, Northeastern University. He has contributed and authored about eighty publications consisting of original research and education related papers, and conference proceedings. He has over twenty-five years of experience in teaching at Northeastern University. He is the Chair of the Engineering Physics Division, ASEE, Chair, and executive board member, ASEE NE Section; the co-chair of TASME Conference (Technological Advances in Science, Medicine, and Engineering, Toronto, Canada), Academic Member and the Unit Head, Electrical Engineering, ATINER (Athens Institute for Education and Research, Athens, Greece).

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The paper will highlight a successful faculty-led program that was run in San Jose, California for the past three years to promote experiential and interactive learning in the entrepreneurial surrounding. Students took two courses for credit: (i) Intro to Customer-Driven Technical Innovation and (ii) Intro to Product prototyping at Silicon Valley. During the program, students experienced the technology-driven world of Silicon Valley. Silicon Valley is the Innovators’ and Entrepreneurs’ dream world. Silicon Valley is ground zero for customer-driven technology evaluation, innovation, invention, and prototyping, and an ideal location for Inspiring interactive and non-traditional college learning experience. Students spent time visiting start-ups and large corporations and work on a project where they advance through multiple iterations of the design cycle from an idea to a testable prototype. In the paper, we will show innovative experiential learning approaches and their outcomes. This includes sample student demos and projects, and several learning activities used as part of the experiential and entrepreneurial education. We will also present prototypical course requirements, such as customer survey, market analysis, proposals for projects, project reports, designing, and building prototypes. This work will be beneficial to other educators to style their own experiential learning approaches.

Maheswaran, B. (2021, July), Experiential and Interactive Learning in Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--37133

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