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Proposed KEEN Initiative Framework for Entrepreneurial Mindedness in Engineering Education

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



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National and Multi-university Initiatives

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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation

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25.1089.1 - 25.1089.10



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Owe G. Petersen Milwaukee School of Engineering

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Owe Petersen is Department Chair and professor of electrical engineering and Computer Science at Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE). He is a former member of the technical staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories and received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1971. His technical work ranges over topics such as optical data links, integrated circuit technology, RF semiconductor components, and semiconductor component reliable. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and an ABET EAC Program Evaluator in electrical engineering.

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William M. Jordan Baylor University

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William Jordan is the Mechanical Engineering Department Chair at Baylor University. He has B.S. and M.S. degrees in metallurgical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines, a M.A. degree in theology from Denver Seminary, and a Ph.D. in mechanics and materials from Texas A&M University. He teaches materials related courses. He does work in the areas of entrepreneurship and appropriate technology in developing countries. He also writes and does research in the areas of engineering ethics and engineering education.

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R. Radharamanan Mercer University

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R. Radharamanan is currently working as professor of industrial engineering and Director of Mercer Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (MCIE) at Mercer University in Macon, Ga. He has 38 years of teaching, research, and consulting experiences. His previous administrative experiences include President of International Society for Productivity Enhancement (ISPE), Acting Director of Industrial Engineering as well as Director of Advanced Manufacturing Center at Marquette University, and Research Director of CAM and Robotics Center at San Diego State University. His primary research and teaching interests are in the areas of innovation and entrepreneurship, manufacturing systems, robotics and automation, quality engineering, and product and process development. He has organized and chaired five international conferences, co-chaired two, and organized and chaired two regional conferences. He has received two teaching awards, several research and service awards in the United States and in Brazil. His professional affiliations include ASEE, IIE, ASQ, SME, ASME, and ISPE.

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Proposed Framework for the KEEN Initiative for Entrepreneurial MindednessAbstractThe development of a comprehensive framework is essential to assure success whenimplementing the vision of the Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network (KEEN) initiative offorcefully changing engineering education to further the characteristic of entrepreneurialmindedness in graduates. KEEN is a collaboration of 20 universities in the U.S. with a mission tograduate engineers who will contribute to both technical and business success and enhanceeconomic benefits for all.The KEEN initiative is designed to impact engineering education in order to increase thenumber of entrepreneurial minded graduates in the various fields of engineering and toincrease the entrepreneurial endeavors that would characterize the career trajectories ofgraduates, be they innovations of any kind within a company or starting a business,.The logistic framework is needed for the purpose of communicating activities, directingassessment processes (measure the correct things in a correct manner), and interpreting theresults. The framework begins with the KEEN Educational Objectives (KEOs), the early careerpaths of graduates, since they define the desired end results. The KEOs in turn are furthered byassuring students at the time of graduation have achieved the KEEN Student Outcomes (KSO).The new or changed curriculum and extracurricular activities that universities are engaged inhave the function of developing the professional and technical traits defined by the outcomes,which in turn allow the objectives to be pursued and achieved. Alignment of these items iscritical to assure not just that the objectives are met but also to assure the curriculum,outcomes, and objectives actually influence and affect each other in the intended manner.A survey of personal attributes – behavior, attitudes, and personal skills – is also described thatallows for a process which identifies those factors most likely to enhance the development ofentrepreneurial minded engineers. Further, the entire proposed framework must be bothcompatible with the ABET Engineering Criteria and associated assessment processes andminimize any additional assessment work that might be expected of faculty at the KEENinstitutions.

Petersen, O. G., & Jordan, W. M., & Radharamanan, R. (2012, June), Proposed KEEN Initiative Framework for Entrepreneurial Mindedness in Engineering Education Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21846

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