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Relationship Between Student Capstone Design Project and Entrepreneurial Mindset

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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



Conference Session

Leadership, Design, and Entrepreneurship

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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation

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25.1113.1 - 25.1113.21



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Ahad Ali Lawrence Technological University

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Ahad Ali is an Assistant Professor and Director of the master's of science in industrial engineering in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, Mich., USA. He received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from Khulna University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh; M.S. in systems and engineering management from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and Ph.D. in industrial engineering from University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. He has published journal and conference papers. His research interests include manufacturing systems modelling, simulation and optimisation, reliability, scheduling, artificial intelligence, e-manufacturing, and lean manufacturing. He is member of IIE, INFORMS, SME, and IEEE.

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Donald M. Reimer Lawrence Technological University

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Donald M. Reimer is currently a full-time Senior Lecturer and Director of Entrepreneurial Programs for the College of Engineering at Lawrence Technological University. Reimer holds a bachelor's of science degree in industrial management from Lawrence Technological University and a master's of arts degree in political science from University of Detroit Mercy. He is a Certified Management Consultant with more than 40 years of experience in working with closely-held businesses. Reimer has served as an adjunct faculty member at Lawrence Technological University for more than 20 years. He has taught courses in entrepreneurship, management, and corporate entrepreneurship and innovation for engineers. Reimer has operated his own consulting company, the Small Business Strategy Group, for 27 years. He published numerous articles on small business, entrepreneurship, and strategic thinking. Reimer conducted workshops and seminars for trade associations, chamber of commerce organizations, and private companies. He has received several awards and recognition by local, state, and federal agencies for his work in entrepreneurship and minority business development. Reimer served as member of the Minority Economic Development Committee of New Detroit. Reimer is a member of the Small Business Advisory Council of the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce. Reimer is a member of the Applied Innovation Alliance. Reimer serves as a KEEN Fellow for the Kern Family Foundation and serves as the Project Director for the Coleman Fellows Program at Lawrence Tech. He is also the Faculty Advisor for Lawrence Tech Chapter of the Colligate Entrepreneurs Organization and the Executive Director of the Legends Entrepreneurial Alumni Organization.

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Andrew L. Gerhart Lawrence Technological University

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Andrew Gerhart, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of mechanical engineering at Lawrence Technological University. He is actively involved in ASEE, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Engineering Society of Detroit, and the Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network. He serves as Faculty Advisor for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Student Chapter at LTU, as Chair for the LTU Leadership Curriculum Committee, and as Chair of LTU/KEEN Entrepreneurial Course Modification.

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Relationship between Student Capstone Design Project and Entrepreneurial Mindset Don Reimer, Ahad Ali and Andrew Gerhard Lawrence Technological UniversityAbstractThis paper analyzes the effect of student capstone design projects including competitive projectsand industry sponsored projects as part of their curricular activities. The goal of the analysis is toexamine the relationship between these activities and the building of the entrepreneurial mindsetin engineering education. Student capstone design projects have been and continue to be anintegral part the engineering curriculum. Cross disciplinary and inter disciplinary teams areformed in various projects in our engineering programs. Projects have great impact in teambuilding skills, self confidence, and technological knowledge, linking theory and practice andbuilding school pride. Our study involves surveys and interviews with team members of thoseprojects for different schools. These enable us to validate the relationship between student seniordesign projects and the entrepreneurial mindset within engineering discipline with differentschools. So the hypothesis is “senior capstone design projects help to develop an entrepreneurmindset”. This paper will demonstrate that the different type of senior design projects(independent, industry sponsored, and competition projects) contribute to the development ofentrepreneur mindset. The comparison will be done with different similar schools. We willpresent the results of our study including the findings and the recommendations.

Ali, A., & Reimer, D. M., & Gerhart, A. L. (2012, June), Relationship Between Student Capstone Design Project and Entrepreneurial Mindset Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21870

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