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How the Entrepreneurial Mindset Supported the COVID-19 Transition in Engineering Unleashed Faculty Development

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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 1

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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation

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Douglas E. Melton Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Douglas Melton is a program director for the Kern Family Foundation and works with the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN) which has partner institutions who are developing educational experiences to foster an entrepreneurial mindset in their undergraduate engineering students. Doug Melton served as a faculty member for seventeen years within the department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Kettering University in Flint, Michigan. There, he also served as the program director for Entrepreneurship Across the University. Prior, Doug was the Director of Research & Development for Digisonix Incorporated. His disciplinary specializations include signal processing, acoustics, and wireless communications.

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Heather Dillon University of Washington Tacoma Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Heather Dillon is Professor and Chair of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Washington Tacoma. Her research team is working on energy efficiency, renewable energy, fundamental heat transfer, and engineering education. Before joining academia, Heather Dillon worked for the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) as a senior research engineer.

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Mark L. Nagurka Marquette University

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MARK NAGURKA, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor Emeritus of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering at Marquette University. Before joining Marquette, he was an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from M.I.T. His professional interests are in the design of mechanical and electromechanical systems.

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Mary Murphy

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For several years Engineering Unleashed has provided in-person faculty development events focused on expanding an entrepreneurial mindset in undergraduate engineering programs. During Spring 2020, it was decided that ten faculty development workshops scheduled to be in-person multiple-day summer workshops would be delivered in a virtual format due to COVID-19. Workshop teams of facilitators and coaches structured the pivot to remote learning effectively and efficiently, reflecting the entrepreneurial mindset that infuses the workshops. The pandemic created an opportunity to build community and connections using new tools.

In this paper we share how the workshop teams of 47 facilitators and coaches restructured their workshops, creating value for the 229 faculty members participating. The approaches developed and lessons learned during this shift are outlined to provide a template for other groups offering remote faculty development programs. We discuss the importance of continuous feedback for improvement and of significant communications between facilitators and coaches. Surveys of faculty participants indicated that learning objectives were met by the remote workshops.

Melton, D. E., & Dillon, H., & Nagurka, M. L., & Murphy, M. (2021, July), How the Entrepreneurial Mindset Supported the COVID-19 Transition in Engineering Unleashed Faculty Development Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--37258

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