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Integration of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Topics into Design Courses: Experiences and Lessons Learned

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Trends in Mechanical Engineering II

Tagged Division

Mechanical Engineering

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22.924.1 - 22.924.14



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Raghu Echempati Kettering University

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Raghu Echempati is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering with over 25 years of teaching, research and consulting experiences in Design and Simulation of Sheet Metal Forming Processes. He has published several educational and research papers at ASEE, ASME, and other International Conferences. He has delivered many invited and keynote lectures, gave workshops, and organized technical sessions at SAE and other International Conferences. He is an active reviewer of several textbooks, research proposals, conference and journal papers of repute. He is member of ASME (Fellow member), ASEE, and SAE. Dr. Echempati is a licensed Professional Engineer and Chair of the ASME.Saginaw Valley and the student sections.

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INTEGRATION OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN TO DESIGN COURSES – EXPERIENCES AND LESSONS LEARNEDAbstractTeaching and learning a fundamental core course such as Mechanical Engineering Design (orMachine Design) continues to be fun but a challenging task for many instructors, as well as forstudents. Strong foundation in Statics and Mechanics of Materials is a must to appreciate theinherent open-endedness that is typical to a Machine Design course. While the use of mathand/or CAE tools enhance in developing alternative designs, many students still lack anunderstanding of, and develop an appreciation for, the open-endedness and ambiguity of designrequirements. These are some of the attributes for innovation and creativity which help themdevelop a mindset for possible entrepreneurship. In this paper, the author reviews the literatureon this subject matter and discusses the assessment experiences of integrating entrepreneurshipprinciples in the machine design course taught by the author.

Echempati, R. (2011, June), Integration of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Topics into Design Courses: Experiences and Lessons Learned Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18263

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