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Introductory Course Content Targeting Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Engineering Students

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Classes in Entrepreneurship

Tagged Division

Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation

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23.827.1 - 23.827.13



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Nihad Dukhan PhD University of Detroit Mercy

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Professor Dukhan is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Detroit Mercy, where he teaches courses in the thermal and fluids sciences. His pedagogical research includes teaching and learning heat transfer and thermodynamics, as well as service learning. His technical research areas include novel thermal management solutions for high-power devices, with focus on fluid flow and convection heat transfer in metal foam. Professor Dukhan’s publications include over 90 journal and conference papers. His edited book on metal foam, November 2012, is the most recent book about metal foams including their production, characterization and applications. His research has been supported by Ford Motor Company, NASA, National Science Foundation, United Technologies and DENSO North America. Dr. Dukhan earned his Ph.D. in 1996 in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toledo, and has worked for the industry for 4 years. He is the recipient of the University of Detroit Mercy’s Faculty Achievement Award for 2011.

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Nassif E Rayess University of Detroit Mercy

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The paper is about how a US university was able to implement curricular content in an especially-designed engineering course to bring about awareness by engineering students of the critical currenttopics of innovation and entrepreneurship. The need for such an awareness is specifically stressed bykey organizations such as the National Academy of Engineers (NAE) and the Accreditation Board forEngineering and Technology (ABET). The course that housed the curricular content was especiallydesigned to target other issues in which innovation and entrepreneurship fit in, e.g., the nature of theknowledge-based economy, characterized by huge and rapid technological leaps and its effects on theengineering profession. The nature and need for innovation, the various kinds and advantages ofentrepreneurship and business models associated with it were included. Other parts of the coursecovered complimentary topics to innovation and entrepreneurship such as public speaking andcommunication skills, working in teams and the need for life-long learning. The course also includedcontent targeting the ability for an engineer to manage his/herself in today’s knowledge-basedeconomy. Exercises affecting the ability to formulate and conduct a debate concerning innovativeengineering concepts were part of the course. This paper describes the course design, content andrubric that were used to assess the course outcomes regarding innovation and entrepreneurship, as wellas the results of the assessment. In general, the results show that the vast majority of students agreedthat the course had been effective is teaching and making them aware of the two critical contemporaryissues, innovation and entrepreneurship, for the graduating engineers.

Dukhan, N., & Rayess, N. E. (2013, June), Introductory Course Content Targeting Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Engineering Students Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19841

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