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Fostering Entrepreneurial Mindset in an Engineering Statistics Course

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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 6

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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation

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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, 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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In order to better prepare their students for the increasingly complex world, higher education institutions are more and more promoting entrepreneurial mindset and integrating entrepreneurship elements in their programs. Integration of entrepreneurially minded learning in engineering courses, which promotes entrepreneurial mindset and skills, is an approach that is gaining momentum among individual faculty members. This paper presents such effort involving a junior level engineering statistics course. Given the abundance of data in today’s world and the importance of extracting meaning out of them, statistics is an important tool for any discipline including engineering. This importance is summed up in the following quote from Walter Shewhart, who is known as the father of statistical quality control: “The long range contribution of statistics depends not so much upon getting a lot of highly trained statisticians into industry as it does in creating a statistically minded generation of physicists, chemists, engineers and others who will in any way have a hand in developing and directing the production process of tomorrow.”

Erdil, N. O. (2021, July), Fostering Entrepreneurial Mindset in an Engineering Statistics Course Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference.

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