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Hands-On Entrepreneurial Engineering Management Course and Its Experiential Learning

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

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June 29, 2016





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Supply Chain and Logistics in Manufacturing Education

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Vani Gaddam Tennessee Technological University

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Currently, Dr. Vani Gaddam serves as an academic advisor in the College of Education at Tennessee Technological University. She completed her PhD in Education in 2003 from Utah State University. She is a strong believer in life-long learning and is currently pursuing her fourth Master’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in International Management. She is an energetic and enthusiastic person and her passion lies in teaching and learning
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Ismail Fidan Tennessee Technological University Orcid 16x16

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Currently, Dr. Fidan serves as a Professor of the Department of Manufacturing and Engineering Technology and College of Engineering-Faculty Fellow in Innovation and Techno-Entrepreneurship at Tennessee Technological University. His research and teaching interests are in additive manufacturing, electronics manufacturing, distance learning, and STEM education. Dr. Fidan is a member and active participant of SME, ASEE, ASME, and IEEE. He is also the Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Components, Packaging, and Manufacturing Technology and International Journal of Rapid Manufacturing.

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Bonita Barger Tennessee Technological University

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Currently, Dr. Barger is a Professor Emeritus of Management at Tennessee Technological University. She has diverse domestic and international operations experience in both for-profit and non-profit organizations. Demonstrated ability to conceptualize and implement effective strategic human resource management plans that further broaden corporate objectives. Strong personal initiative, effective leadership skills, ability to influence others, proven collaborative style, and adaptability to various situations. Her research interests include creating global leaders and developing organizational talent.

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Entrepreneurial Engineers are educated for the forthcoming economy and market, where entrepreneurs with technical skills have tremendous opportunities and career options. This new course was developed in Spring 2015 and offered in Summer 2015, delivering skills sets in engineering, marketing management, economics and globalization for the 21 century’s state-of-the art Renaissance Engineers and Managers as a faculty-led program in Turkey.

The authors strongly believe in experiential learning. Traveling, experiencing, and exploring other cultures helps students grow personally and professionally. It is one of the most in-depth learning experiences to immerse oneself in a new culture and customs in a whole new country. Students had the opportunity to learn by solving real-world industrial problems in a practical business model setting. They grasped how to bring products and services to market, and how to start their own company to market and sell product ideas. They understood how to be an entrepreneur in a small company, or how to lead successful entrepreneurial projects in a large company. They have learned subjects such as engineering economy, quality control, supply-chain management, ergonomics, marketing, and operations control from course professors, young entrepreneurs, and industry visits.

The course has been offered by one business management faculty and one manufacturing engineering technology faculty. There were five engineering and seven MBA students. The course had a number of teaching-with-technology tools, including Turnitin, Desire2Learn, and Podcasts. The evaluation component was the university approved IDEA evaluation.

This paper will report the development, implementation, and evaluation components of this course and its best practices.

Gaddam, V., & Fidan, I., & Barger, B. (2016, June), Hands-On Entrepreneurial Engineering Management Course and Its Experiential Learning Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25433

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