June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation
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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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