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Integration Of Entreprenuership E Team Projects In Design Courses

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2002 Annual Conference

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Montreal, Canada

Publication Date

June 16, 2002

Start Date

June 16, 2002

End Date

June 19, 2002

ISSN

2153-5965

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ASEE Multimedia Session

Page Count

4

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7.712.1 - 7.712.4

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https://peer.asee.org/10355

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Saeed Niku

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INTEGRATION OF ENTREPRENEUERSHIP-TEAM CONCEPT INTO DESIGN CLASSES

Saeed B. Niku Mechanical Engineering Department California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, CA 93407 sniku@calpoly.edu

Abstract

A proposal submitted to the National Collegiate Innovators and Inventors Alliance (NCIIA) and the Lemelson Foundation in 1997 was funded to modify the Philosophy of Design Course (ME234) in the mechanical engineering department at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. The grant was for the integration of E-Teams in the above-mentioned course.

An E-Team, as defined by NCIIA and the Lemelson Foundation, is a group of students who perform a design activity in a classroom setting. The product they design is supposed to be commercially viable (hopefully patentable), or socially useful. It stands for Entrepreneurship Team or Excellence Team. The concept of Entrepreneurship Teams was integrated into the Philosophy of Design course at Cal Poly.

The course is modified to include E-Teams of 4 students each. The E-teams are formed on the first day of class, randomly, and continue as a team throughout the Quarter. Each E-Team is asked to follow the design process that is covered in class, from initial problem finding to the evaluation of the final product. The process also involves patent searches to ensure that no patents are infringed, and that the idea may be patentable.

In most cases, E-teams construct a prototype, and demonstrate the product to the class in an oral report during the final week of instruction. Each team also writes and submits a report to the instructor. Introduction

A proposal submitted to the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) and the Lemelson Foundation in 1997 was funded to modify the Philosophy of Design Course (ME234) in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. The grant was for the integration of E-Teams in the above-mentioned course.

An E-Team, as defined by NCIIA and the Lemelson Foundation, is a group of students who perform a design activity in a classroom setting. The product they design is supposed to be commercially viable (hopefully patentable), or socially useful. The concept of Entrepreneurship Teams was integrated into the Philosophy of Design course at Cal Poly in Winter 1998.

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Niku, S. (2002, June), Integration Of Entreprenuership E Team Projects In Design Courses Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. https://peer.asee.org/10355

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