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Impact of Entrepreneurial Mindset Module Connecting Societal Consideration, Medical Interventions and Engineering Physiology

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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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Supporting Biomedical Engineering Students in Holistic Development

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Biomedical Engineering

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Allison Lukas Western New England University

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Allison Lukas graduated in 2021 from Western New England University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering. She has plans to attend graduate school and eventually become a professor. In the meantime she will be working in the medical device industry to gain experience before pursuing further education. During her time at Western New England University she served as a supplemental instructor for two physiology courses, where she provided extra help to any student in need. This experience also allowed her to assist the professor in the implementation of modules within the class, and learn how to interact with various students.

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Devina Jaiswal Western New England University

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Dr.Devina Jaiswal completed Masters of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University in 2010. She completed her Ph.D. from University of Connecticut in 2017 where she worked on creating nano and micro devices that could interact with micro-tissue and cells. Her research interest lies in fabrication of micro-electronic devices that can be used to understand biological patterns and apply them to the field of tissue engineering. Other than research, she has a keen interest in best practices in education system. She was recently named KEEN Engineering Unleashed Fellow, 2020. She is trained through KEEN in inculcating Entrepreneurial Mindset (EM) in Undergraduate education and research. Since then, she has created several problems based, active learning EM modules for lecture based courses to enhance student learning.

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Entrepreneurial mindset (EM) enables an engineer to analyze, sense and develop a solution to open ended problems based on the environment and needs of the society. Primarily, engineering education focuses only on technical skills that students can apply during employment. However, employers have identified a gap in the skillset that points towards limited EM skills in their engineering recruits. There is a need for introducing EM in engineering students due to the ever-changing demands of the job market. Engineering institutions and educators are now incorporating EM into their curriculum as a full course or embedded module. In this work, a four-stage EM module was developed focusing on 3Cs (curiosity, connections, creating value) based on the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN) model. The module was implemented in a lecture intensive course with an objective to inculcate EM through active learning techniques to improve student engagement. Students worked in groups to identify an opportunity and customer’s needs, create a business model, brainstorm and communicate an engineering solution to an open-ended question. The quantitative results from student surveys showed significant advancement in technical and most of the EM skills. The qualitative responses indicated improved student engagement through hands-on product analysis. Therefore, improving the students’ ability to solve problems of societal relevance and work cohesively as a team. After a successful implementation of this module, it is expected to make it more stakeholder centric for other engineering courses and universities.

Lukas, A., & Jaiswal, D. (2021, July), Impact of Entrepreneurial Mindset Module Connecting Societal Consideration, Medical Interventions and Engineering Physiology Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--37281

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