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Integrating Innovative Entrepreneurship with Engineering Education

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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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International Division Technical Session 8

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Pradeep Kashinath Waychal NMIMS University Orcid 16x16

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Dr Pradeep Waychal is a founder trustee and the chair of Guruji Education Foundation that provides holistic support to the education of underprivileged students and operates on funding from friends. The foundation has recently extended its work in diverse areas such research in engineering education, youth employability and teaching computer science to adolescents. Earlier, Dr Waychal has worked at Patni Computer Systems for 20 years in various positions including the head of innovations, NMIMS as the director Shirpur campus and at College of Engineering Pune (COEP) as the founder head of the innovation Center.

Dr Waychal earned his Ph D in the area of developing Innovation Competencies in Information System Organizations from IIT Bombay and M Tech in Control Engineering from IIT Delhi. He has presented keynote / invited talks in many high profile international conferences and has published papers in peer-reviewed journals. He / his teams have won awards in Engineering Education, Innovation, Six Sigma, and Knowledge Management at international events. Recently, his paper won the Best Teaching Strategies Paper award at the most respected international conference in the area of engineering education - Annual conference of American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE). His current research interests are engineering education, software engineering, and developing innovative entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs.

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Ashok Ranade EE Collaborative

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Ashok has worked as Information Technology specialist in India, USA and Canada for more than 40 years in various capacities. He founded several IT services businesses. He is teaching subjects related to Entreprise Systems and Entrepreneurship Developent at multiple colleges in India and Canada.

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The need for innovative entrepreneurship was perhaps never more pronounced than it is today, especially in India where that is the only way to leverage the demographic dividend and not allow it to turn into a demographic curse. We really need a large number of innovative entrepreneurs. And, if we have to succeed in fulfilling that rising need, we must ‘catch them young’. We will have to create entrepreneurs or entrepreneurial mindsets right in our colleges. Engineering education is the most apt and fertile place for such a mission. The engineering curricula all over the country are heavily loaded already and as such, cannot accommodate additional courses. Therefore, we have to creatively integrate innovative entrepreneurship with engineering education with minimal addition to the curriculum.

We carried out a survey, with open ended questions, of successful India based entrepreneurs to understand the key attributes required of entrepreneurs. We then refined the set of attributes based on the earlier research. Based on the set, we built a framework for integrating development of innovative entrepreneurial competency with engineering education. The framework includes psychometric assessments, competitions for benchmarking, knowledge electives, and multiple projects with increasing sizes and complexities. We expect the enterprises to be launched at the completion of capstone, if not earlier, projects. The framework also helps us to understand capability of institutes and develop action plans to foster innovative entrepreneurship. We have assessed fourteen colleges using the framework. We plan to present a case study that analyzes capabilities of an institution and present an action plan that they can adopt to integrate innovative entrepreneurship with engineering education.

Waychal, P. K., & Ranade, A. (2016, June), Integrating Innovative Entrepreneurship with Engineering Education Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25398

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