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Introducing Entrepreneurship and Innovation in a Design Course

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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation Division Technical Session 7

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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation

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Jaby Mohammed Illinois State University Orcid 16x16

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Jaby Mohammed is a faculty at Illinois State University. He received his PhD in Industrial Engineering from University of Louisville (2006), masters in Industrial Engineering from University of Louisville (2003) and also a master’s in business administration from Indira Gandhi National Open University (2001). His research interests include advanced manufacturing, design methodologies, six sigma, lean manufacturing, and engineering education. He previously taught at Khalifa University (UAE),Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne, IN and at Morehead State University, KY. He is a member of IIE, SME, ASQ, ASEE, and Informs.

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Engineers and technologists have a crucial role to play in today’s world. Future directions are based on the decisions and actions that we make today. System thinking, problem finding, visualizing, improving, creative problem solving, and adaptability are the six types of cognitive abilities that engineering/technology students need to develop as identified by the Royal Academy of Engineering. Employers are seeking engineers who are capable of solving problems by creating products from the concept to the market in a short period. It has now become essential for engineers to have an understanding of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Innovation and Entrepreneurship are two closely related words that go hand in hand in this era. Innovation is about applying creativity for different engineering/technology problems and coming up with unique solutions and entrepreneurship is about applying the same to bring ideas to life by making it feasible to work. It’s also about making the business work. To summarize all entrepreneurs are innovative and but not all innovative products had been feasible. In today’s world, engineers need to come with a product or a service that is competitive in the industry in terms of product performance and also performs equally well in the business perspective. In this paper, the authors introduce “Innovation and entrepreneurship” to an existing design course and to equip the next generation engineers/technologists with an innovative and entrepreneurial mindset and its related core skills.

Mohammed, J. (2021, July), Introducing Entrepreneurship and Innovation in a Design Course Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference.

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