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Instilling Entrepreneurial Mindset by Vertical Integration of Engineering Projects

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2017 FYEE Conference


Daytona Beach, Florida

Publication Date

August 6, 2017

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August 6, 2017

End Date

August 8, 2017

Conference Session

WIP: Enrollment, Instruction and Pedagogy - Focus on Design-Based Projects

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Shankar Ramakrishnan Arizona State University, Polytechnic campus

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Dr. Shankar Ramakrishnan received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University. He is part of the engineering education team in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University. Currently he designs the curriculum for the freshman engineering program. He also designs and teaches engineering design courses in the first and sophomore years. His interests include active teaching methods and pedagogies for increased student motivation as well as encouraging innovative thinking through user-centered projects.

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Deana Delp

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Deana R. Delp has a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Arizona State University. She is currently a lecturer at Arizona State University for Engineering Academic and Student Affairs in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. She has industry experience as a systems engineer for General Dynamics Mission Systems, and as a research and development product engineer for Test Acuity Solutions.

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The goal of this research project is to instill an entrepreneurial mindset by vertically integrating a single design project among two consecutive freshmen engineering design classes. The paper describes the context and background of two vertically integrated classes. Example work from students show the interpretation of the entrepreneurial mindset. A survey measures the effectiveness of the entrepreneurial mindset among students that are taking part in the project. Next, there are recommendations based on the information gathered during the implementation, including specific recommendations about the types of projects, constraints and methodologies. Other vertically integrated classes and curricula can use this case-study as a starting point for introducing entrepreneurial mindset. Lastly, there is a current discussion of case studies of vertical integration among student groups in non-consecutive semesters of a program, and student groups from completely different programs.

Ramakrishnan, S., & Delp, D. (2017, August), Instilling Entrepreneurial Mindset by Vertical Integration of Engineering Projects Paper presented at 2017 FYEE Conference, Daytona Beach, Florida.

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