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Preparing Instructors to Encourage an Entrepreneurial Mindset

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2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Minneapolis, MN

Publication Date

August 23, 2022

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June 26, 2022

End Date

June 29, 2022

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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation Division Technical Session 2

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Meagan Ita The Ohio State University

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Meagan is a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Engineering Education at The Ohio State University. She graduated with her Bachelor's (2013) and Master's (2014) in Biomedical Engineering from The Ohio State University and completed her Ph.D. in Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania in 2020. Meagan conducted research on the biomechanics and physiology of chronic joint pain for her doctorate degree and has experience teaching undergraduate first-year engineering and mid-level biomechanics courses. Meagan is currently working with the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network partnership at OSU, integrating her interests in STEM education, entrepreneurial partnerships, and community engagement.

Long term, Meagan is passionate about leveraging biotechnological advances in physiological data collection to both 1. promote factual science communication and learning and 2. to innovate community-driven engineering solutions centered around health and wellness. She values authenticity, connection with others, & integrity and prioritizes these values as an educator, bioengineer, and scientist.

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Laine Rumreich The Ohio State University

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Laine Rumreich is a PhD student at Ohio State university studying computer science and engineering. She has been conducting research in engineering education for five years, and focuses on computing education and entrepreneurship.

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Krista Kecskemety The Ohio State University

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Krista Kecskemety is an Associate Professor of Practice in the Department of Engineering Education at The Ohio State University and the Director of the Fundamentals of Engineering for Honors Program. Krista received her B.S. in Aerospace Engineering at The Ohio State University in 2006 and received her M.S. from Ohio State in 2007. In 2012, Krista completed her Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering at Ohio State. Her engineering education research interests include investigating first-year engineering student experiences, faculty experiences, and the research to practice cycle within first-year engineering.

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Rachel Kajfez The Ohio State University

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Dr. Rachel Louis Kajfez is an Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering Education at The Ohio State University. She earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from Ohio State and earned her Ph.D. in Engineering Education from Virginia Tech. Her research interests focus on the intersection between motivation and identity of undergraduate and graduate students, first-year engineering programs, mixed methods research, and innovative approaches to teaching. She is the principal investigator for the Research on Identity and Motivation in Engineering (RIME) Collaborative.

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In this full paper we analyze the results and feedback from two years of interactive training modules on the Entrepreneurial Mindset (EM) for instructional teams in an engineering education department. The second year’s training module was modified based on feedback and updated goals from the previous year’s training. Modifications included a greater emphasis on creating social, environmental, and economic value, the inclusion of specific examples of EM in curriculum, and language adjustments. One specific change was an emphasis on inclusivity and accessibility rather than the more general concept of user needs. Both iterations of the training also included open-ended questions about encouraging an Entrepreneurial Mindset.

The outcomes of this paper include an analysis of trainee responses to case scenario questions and open-ended prompts. A comparative analysis of responses from prompts shared across the two iterations of training is also presented. Results show a significant change in how UTAs respond to open-ended prompts between the two training iterations with a substantial increase in responses related to environmental, economic, and social value as well as accessibility and inclusion. Additionally, an analysis of feedback indicates a positive shift towards perceptions of EM. This paper begins to outline evidence-based guidelines for training instructors to develop their own EM and encourage their students’ EM.

Ita, M., & Rumreich, L., & Kecskemety, K., & Kajfez, R. (2022, August), Preparing Instructors to Encourage an Entrepreneurial Mindset Paper presented at 2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Minneapolis, MN. 10.18260/1-2--41432

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