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Modules for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Existing Curricula

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

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June 23, 2013

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June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



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Classes in Entrepreneurship

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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation

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23.914.1 - 23.914.8



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Jorge Rodriguez Western Michigan University


Alamgir A. Choudhury Western Michigan University

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Alamgir A. Choudhury is an Associate Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan. His MS and PhD are in mechanical engineering from NMSU (Las Cruces) and BS in mechanical engineering from BUET (Dhaka). His interest includes computer applications in curriculum, MCAE, mechanics, instrumentation & control, and fluid power. He is also a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Ohio and affiliated with ASME, ASEE, SME and TAP.

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Teaching Modules for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Existing Curricula AbstractInnovation and Entrepreneurship are two areas that are receiving greater interest from theengineering and technology communities because of their potential to enhance existingcurricula, and at the same time have greater interest and motivation in the student body. Theprogress done towards implementing an integrated approach to innovation andentrepreneurship in those curricula is presented. These efforts are based on the fact that theknowledge and skills for the future workforce of an energy efficient, sustainable industrialand entrepreneurial society are not fully nurtured in current educational programs. Thesetopics, together with innovative design practice need to be an essential part of the learningexperience in undergraduate engineering and technology programs. The proposed integratedapproach teaches the basic theoretical knowledge and hands-on practices of theaforementioned subjects embedding modules in a sequence of courses across the curriculum.The main objectives are: (a) introduce the entrepreneurial process and practice in amultidisciplinary environment, (b) emphasize energy efficiency, environmental friendliness,and long-term sustainability in fundamental engineering courses, and (c) apply the proposedapproach in the context of human-powered transportation systems, a topic that has greatinterest and potential in underdeveloped countries. The work included in this project is thedefinition of the modules and their content, and the labs, projects, practices that arerecommended for implementation. The results from this project are expected to serve as amodel for integrated modification of design in engineering/technology programs.

Rodriguez, J., & Choudhury, A. A. (2013, June), Modules for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Existing Curricula Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22299

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