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Integrating Entrepreneurial-minded Learning in Electronic Design Course

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

Start Date

June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

Conference Session

Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation Division Technical Session 6

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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation

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Jing Guo Colorado Technical University

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Dr. Jing Guo is a Professor in Engineering Department at Colorado Technical University. She is the course director in circuits and electronics area. She taught variety of underrated and graduate courses including capstone design in Electrical and Computer Engineering area.

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John M. Santiago Jr. Colorado Technical University

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Professor John Santiago has been a technical engineer, manager, and executive with more than 26 years of leadership positions in technical program management, acquisition development and operation research support while in the United States Air Force. He currently has over 16 years of teaching experience at the university level and taught over 40 different graduate and undergraduate courses in electrical engineering, systems engineering, physics and mathematics. He has over 30 published papers and/or technical presentations while spearheading over 40 international scientific and engineering conferences/workshops as a steering committee member while assigned in Europe. Professor Santiago has experience in many engineering disciplines and missions including: control and modeling of large flexible space structures, communications system, electro-optics, high-energy lasers, missile seekers/sensors for precision guided munitions, image processing/recognition, information technologies, space, air and missile warning, missile defense, and homeland defense.

His interests includes: interactive multimedia for e-books, interactive video learning, and 3D/2D animation. Professor Santiago recently published a book entitled, “Circuit Analysis for Dummies” in 2013 after being discovered on YouTube. Professor Santiago received several teaching awards from the United States Air Force Academy and CTU. In 2015, he was awarded CTU’s Faculty of the Year for Teaching Innovations. Professor Santiago has been a 12-time invited speaker in celebration of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month giving multi-media presentations on leadership, diversity and opportunity at various military installations in Colorado and Wyoming.

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Even though not every student will be entrepreneur in the future, entrepreneurial mindset will help them become creative and valuable engineers. In recent years, more and more universities and faculty are engaged in incorporating entrepreneurially minded learning (EML) into the engineering curriculum. It is not easy for students to build up Entrepreneurial skills within one course or a couple of courses. It needs a process. Learn how to be entrepreneurial in engineering activities will be an efficient way. Incorporating EML in different course sequences such as circuits, electronic design, and communication sequences will provide students opportunity to develop and build up an entrepreneurial mindset. The paper reviews incorporating EML objectives and discusses the experience and preliminary evaluation results of integrating EML in our junior level course EE375 Electronic Design I. EE375 is the first Electronics course in our three Electronic Design courses sequence. The course covers diodes circuits design and Bipolar Junction Transistor circuits design. “The three Cs: Curiosity, Connections, and Creating Value” from KEEN framework are added as course objectives. The course come with lab sections. We incorporate the EML in the existing problem-based learning (BPL) based electronic design laboratory projects. Other elements are also added to focus students attention on investigate market and assess policy and regulatory issues. Preliminary students’ survey results will be provided.

This course modification is part of a curriculum-wide effort to integrating EML to different course sequences. So students will be repeatedly exposed to entrepreneurship skills, and then they can apply the skills to their capstone design and other designs in their future work.

Guo, J., & Santiago, J. M. (2018, June), Integrating Entrepreneurial-minded Learning in Electronic Design Course Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah.

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