Proceedings of the 2020 ASEE PSW Section Conference, canceled
April 30, 2020
April 30, 2020
October 10, 2020
Engineering education has the potential for significant social and economic impacts through entrepreneurship. In this regard, most engineering curriculum falls short in three critical areas, thereby limiting its effectiveness. Firstly, students are often indoctrinated into the "specific approach to solve a problem" mindset when in fact real world technical problems are dynamic, nuanced and most importantly, can be solved many ways depending on the resources and expertise at hand. Secondly, aversion of risk is a side effect of the university grading system as thinking outside the textbook, trying new things and failing are typically not rewarded. These limitations exist in large part due to the difficulty of grading or ranking intellectual work outside of established boundaries. Finally, and most importantly, social intelligence is taught less, both implicitly and explicitly, than technical knowledge, especially in STEM fields. The ability to communicate, arbitrate and resolve tense social situation with empathy is as or more important than book knowledge when it comes to success in entrepreneurship and industry in general. In this paper we outline methodology for entrepreneurial focused courses in electrical engineering resulting from 7 years of curriculum development. A case study of a senior design course is used to demonstrate findings.
Hosein, N., & Martin, L. M., & Knoesen, A. (2020, April), Fostering Entrepreneurship Through Targeted Adversity: A Senior Design Case Study Paper presented at Proceedings of the 2020 ASEE PSW Section Conference, canceled, Davis, California. 10.18260/1-2--35719
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