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Pathways to Entrepreneurship (PAtENT) Program: Reimagining STEM Doctoral Programs

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual Conference

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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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Graduate Studies Division Technical Session 4

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Graduate Studies

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Diversity

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16

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Audrey Rorrer University of North Carolina at Charlotte

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Audrey Smith Rorrer is a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of North Carolina Charlotte (UNCC), where she also serves as the Lead Evaluator for the Center for Education Innovation in the College of Computing and Informatics. Dr. Rorrer’s scholarship areas include the science of broadening participation in computing, SoBP, which is a recognized domain of critical importance in STEM workforce development and educational programming. Her research and evaluation has focused on educational programs, outreach and collective impact activities that foster inclusion and equity in computing and engineering. College student development and faculty career development are central themes across her body of work, which focuses on focus on capacity building in research and evaluation, organizational change in STEM education, and integration of computing into pedagogy.

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David K. Pugalee University of North Carolina at Charlotte

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Dr. David Pugalee is a full professor and Director of the Center for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education (STEM) at UNC Charlotte. Dr. Pugalee has published works on STEM teaching and learning including recent books Lesson Imaging in Math and Science and Effective Content Reading Strategies to Support Scientific and Mathematical Literacy. Dr. Pugalee has also worked with multiple STEM special education projects including the current IES project 5E Model Professional Development in Science Education for Special Educators and the NSF Project, Developing a Systemic, Scalable Model to Broaden Participation in Middle School Computer Science that focuses on computational thinking in science and mathematics. Dr. Pugalee served as part of the writing team for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Navigations series and the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics Great Tasks. Dr. Pugalee has more than a decade of classroom teaching experience at both the K-12, including mathematics and science, and higher education levels and has led multi-million dollar grants providing PD to school districts across the state of North Carolina related to STEM education.

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Praveen Ramaprabhu University of North Carolina at Charlotte

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Praveen Ramaprabhu is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Engineering Sciences at UNC Charlotte, where he heads the Laboratory for Multiscale Computational Fluid Dynamics (LMCFD). Starting with his Ph.D. research at Texas A&M University, Dr. Ramaprabhu has worked extensively using experiments and careful numerical simulations to advance the understanding of turbulent mixing due to fluid instabilities. Dr. Ramaprabhu is a senior member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and an Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Fluids Engineering.

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Mesbah Uddin University of North Carolina at Charlotte

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Dr Mesbah Uddin is a professor of Mechanical Engineering at UNC Charlotte and has a long track record of providing leadership to multi-disciplinary activities within the campus; he serves as Director of the North Carolina Motorsports and Automotive Research Center and coordinator of UNC Charlotte’s Engineering Design Optimization initiative. He is currently serving as the Chair of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Road Vehicle Aerodynamics Forum Committee; this committee is responsible for developing and maintaining SAE standards, technical papers, and special publications related to road vehicle aerodynamics and wind noise performance and test techniques. Dr. Uddin is a member of UNC Charlotte Military Affairs Committee.  In the past, he served as a member of the North Carolina Governor’s Motorsports Advisory Council. He served as PI on several multi-investigator multidisciplinary federally funded STEM education grants.  

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Harish P. Cherukuri University of North Carolina at Charlotte

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Harish Cherukuri is the Chair and Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science at UNC Charlotte. Dr. Cherukuri obtained his Ph.D. from the Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His scholarship interests include Engineering Education, Modeling of Manufacturing Processes, Computational Mechanics, Machine Learning in Manufacturing and Materials, and Additive Manufacturing.

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Terry Xu University of North Carolina at Charlotte

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Dr. Terry Xu is a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She currently serves as the Associate Chair for Graduate Programs. Her research interest is in the field of synthesis and characterization of one-dimensional nanostructures. She obtained her Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University in 2004.

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Deep Prajapati University of North Carolina at Charlotte

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I am Deep Prajapati. I am a graduate student at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. I completed my bachelor's from India in Computer Engineering. Currently, I am pursuing my master's in Computer Science and working as a Research Assistant. Also, I have 2 years of experience as a software developer.

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Abstract

This Work in Progress paper describes the development and implementation of a new pathway for doctoral candidates in STEM programs to satisfy their capstone degree requirements that has the potential to modernize the STEM Ph.D. The model, Pathways to Entrepreneurship, aims to bring greater alignment between doctoral degrees and the rapidly changing employment landscape. Programmatic and curricular innovations to the current Ph.D. model are described along with the rationale. Project goals are to develop an alternative roadmap for STEM doctoral students, that is scalable, and to investigate pedagogical implications of these innovations, for doctoral education and for broadening participation of women, veteran students, and those traditionally underrepresented in STEM. We present the assessment approach to evaluate program efficacy, and share baseline information regarding student self-efficacy toward entrepreneurship. The aim of this project is to increase entrepreneurship rates among graduates, and to propagate evidence-based practices to STEM graduate programs. Should our program innovations be adopted by other programs based on our findings, a separate Doctor of Innovation track might emerge as a viable alternative to the current Doctor of Philosophy track.

Rorrer, A., & Pugalee, D. K., & Ramaprabhu, P., & Uddin, M., & Cherukuri, H. P., & Xu, T., & Prajapati, D. (2021, July), Pathways to Entrepreneurship (PAtENT) Program: Reimagining STEM Doctoral Programs Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. https://peer.asee.org/37568

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