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Faculty Development Aimed at Sustaining and Enhancing Entrepreneurial-minded Learning

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual Conference

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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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Faculty Development 3: Research, Practice, and Lessons Learned

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Faculty Development Division

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Diversity

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Nadiye O. Erdil University of New Haven

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Nadiye O. Erdil, an associate professor of industrial and systems engineering and engineering and operations management at the University of New Haven. She has many years of experience in higher education and has held several academic positions including administrative appointments. She has experience in teaching at the undergraduate and the graduate level. In addition to her academic work, Dr. Erdil worked as an engineer in sheet metal manufacturing and pipe fabrication industry for several years. She holds B.S. in Computer Engineering and M.S. in Industrial Engineering. She received her Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Binghamton University (SUNY). Her background and research interests are in quality and productivity improvement using statistical tools, lean methods and use of information technology in operations management. Her work is primarily in manufacturing and healthcare delivery operations.

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Ronald S. Harichandran University of New Haven

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Ron Harichandran is Dean of the Tagliatela College of Engineering and is the PI of the grant entitled Developing Entrepreneurial Thinking in Engineering Students by Utilizing Integrated Online Modules and Experiential Learning Opportunities. Through this grant entrepreneurial learning has been integrated into courses spanning all four years in seven ABET accredited engineering and computer science BS programs. Faculty development on entrepreneurial minded learning is a part of this effort.

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Maria-Isabel Carnasciali University of New Haven Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0001-5887-0744

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Maria-Isabel Carnasciali is an Assistant Provost for Program Assessment and Effectiveness at the University of New Haven, CT. She is also an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. She obtained her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech and her Bachelors of Engineering from MIT. She has over 12 years of experience in faculty development efforts; focusing the last 6 years on the integration of entrepreneurial mindset into the curriculum. Her engineering education research focuses on the nontraditional engineering student – understanding their motivations, identity development, and impact of prior engineering-related experiences. Her work dwells into learning in informal settings such as summer camps, military experiences, and extra-curricular activities. Other research interests involve validation of CFD models for aerospace and industrial applications, as well as optimizing efficiency of thermal-fluid systems.

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Jean Nocito-Gobel University of New Haven

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Jean Nocito-Gobel, Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of New Haven, received her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She has been actively involved in a number of educational initiatives in the Tagliatela College of Engineering including KEEN and PITCH, PI of the ASPIRE grant, and is the coordinator for the first-year Intro to Engineering course. Her professional interests include modeling the transport and fate of contaminants in groundwater and surface water systems, as well as engineering education reform.

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Goli Nossoni University of New Haven

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Dr. Goli Nossoni is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of New Haven. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. from Michigan State University in civil engineering. In addition to her interest in engineering education, Dr. Nossoni specializes in the research areas of concrete materials and corrosion of steel inside concrete.

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Emese Hadnagy University of New Haven

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Emese Hadnagy is an associate professor at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of New Haven; she received her Ph.D. at the University of New Hampshire. She is also the director of both the on-ground and fully online MS environmental engineering programs at the University of New Haven. She teaches courses in water resources and environmental engineering both at the undergraduate and graduate level, and one of her interests is to develop an entrepreneurial mindset in her students. Her research focuses on surface water quality assessments, contaminant fate and transport studies, and innovative treatment technology development.

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Joseph A. Levert University of New Haven Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-8425-4950

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Dr. Joseph A. Levert, P.E. (M’05) received his BS in mechanical engineering from Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, USA in 1981, his MS in mechanical engineering from Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA in 1990, and his Ph.D. in engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA in 1997.
He is an Associate Professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department at the University of New Haven. Previously, he was an Associate Professor at the State University of New York, Maritime College. He has practiced engineering in the petroleum, aerospace, integrated circuit fabrication and fiber-optics industries.
Dr. Levert is a member of STLE, and ASME, and was awarded the best paper award by the ASME Tribology Division in October 2000 (as co-author) for “Interfacial Fluid Mechanics and Pressure Prediction in Chemical Mechanical Polishing”.

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Junhui Zhao University of New Haven

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Abstract

Many higher education institutions have begun promoting an entrepreneurial mindset (EM) in students and integrating entrepreneurship elements in engineering education. Various approaches, including curricular, extra-curricular and co-curricular initiatives, are being used to transform the education offered at these institutions. However, in order for this transformation to be sustained and broadened, efforts must target faculty as well as students. Helping faculty to embrace entrepreneurial minded learning (EML) and equipping them with relevant tools and resources will ensure true transformation and long-term success. At the University of New Haven, our efforts started with implementing an innovative curricular model designed to develop an entrepreneurial mindset in students and establishing initiatives to provide students other forms of engagement opportunities. The curricular model involved the development and integration of e-learning modules — targeting various entrepreneurial concepts and skills — into courses spanning all four years of all engineering and computer science programs. Innovation and pitch competitions, participation in the University Innovation Fellows program, and an entrepreneurial engineering living learning community were primary extra-curricular components. Faculty development opportunities were provided as part of these initiatives including training for effectively integrating the e-learning modules into courses, participation in workshops and conferences with a focus on entrepreneurial education, and involvement in organizing and facilitating student activities. While a significant number of our engineering and computer science faculty participated in these development opportunities, in general their enthusiasm related to entrepreneurial minded learning (EML) was not strong enough to sustain and further broaden EML within the college. Therefore, we implemented a faculty development program aimed at fostering EM champions from different engineering and computer science disciplines, as well as a mini-grant program to stimulate faculty to independently integrate EML into their courses. In this paper, we present these efforts, describe the program components, and report on findings. Sample products resulting from the faculty development efforts are also provided.

Erdil, N. O., & Harichandran, R. S., & Carnasciali, M., & Nocito-Gobel, J., & Nossoni, G., & Hadnagy, E., & Levert, J. A., & Zhao, J. (2021, July), Faculty Development Aimed at Sustaining and Enhancing Entrepreneurial-minded Learning Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. https://peer.asee.org/37177

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