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Relationship between Student Competitive Activities and the Entrepreneurial Mindset

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Entrepreneurship Courses and Outcomes I

Tagged Division

Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation

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22.1235.1 - 22.1235.13

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Donald M Reimer Lawrence Technological University

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Donald Reimer is a Senior Lecturer in the College of Engineering and Director of Entrepreneurial Programs, College of Engineering, at Lawrence Technological University. He teaches Corporate Entrepreneurship for Engineers and Structured Approaches to Innovation in the Lear Entrepreneurial Program. Mr. Reimer is the faculty advisor for the Lawrence Tech Chapter of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization. He serves as a Kern Fellow in the Kern Entrepreneurial Education Network. Mr. Reimer also serves as the Program Director for the Coleman Foundation Faculty Entrepreneurship Fellows Program at Lawrence Tech. He serves as the Executive Director of The Legends Entrepreneurial Alumni Organization. Mr. Reimer has been recognized as a professional by the Institute of Management Consultants and has been elected a Certified Management Consultant. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management from Lawrence Technological University and a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from University of Detroit Mercy. Mr. Reimer is one of the founders of The Small Business Strategy Group (SBSG).

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Ahad Ali Lawrence Technological University

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Ahad Ali is an Assistant Professor, and Director of Master of Science in Industrial Engineering in the A. Leon Linton Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, Michigan, USA. He earned B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Bangladesh Institute of Technology, Khulna, Masters in Systems and Engineering Management from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Dr. Ali was Assistant Professor in Industrial Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez, Visiting Assistant Professor in Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at the University of Toledo, and Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at the Bangladesh Institute of Technology, Khulna. He has published journal and conference papers. Dr Ali has done research projects with Chrysler, Ford, DTE Energy, Delphi Automotive System, GE Medical Systems, Harley-Davidson Motor Company, International Truck and Engine Corporation (ITEC), National/Panasonic Electronics, and Rockwell Automation. His research interests include manufacturing systems modeling, simulation and optimization, reliability, intelligent scheduling and planning, artificial intelligence, predictive maintenance, e-manufacturing, and lean manufacturing. He is member of IIE, INFORMS, SME and IEEE.

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Sabah Razouk Abro Lawrence Technological University

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Dr. Sabah Abro is an internationally educated math professor and program Director at Lawrence Technological University. He graduated with a Bachelor degree from the University of Baghdad, pursued a post graduate diploma in planning from the United Nations institute in the middle east, Went to Wales in the United kingdom to get his Masters degree and then to Belgium for his Ph.D. He has also international work experience; he served as Faculty at Al Mustansiria University in Baghdad, a regional consultant at the Arab Institute for Statistics, a position that enabled him to lecture in a number Arab countries.
In Jordan he served as the Chairman of the Math and Computer Science department at Al-Isra University. In The United States he worked as an adjunct faculty at Wayne State University, University of Detroit Mercy and Oakland Community College. He held a position of the Math program leader at Focus: HOPE for several years.
Sabah has been involved in engineering education paradigms since 1996, he coordinated work with university partners to develop new curriculum in engineering education with a support of NSF grant. Dr. Abro has work as a consultant in six sigma training and certification where he was exposed to manufacturing facilities and their practices. He has many publications related to education and statistics. He is a member of several professional organizations like the American Mathematical Society.
Sabah has participated in 2010 in AESS conference with a paper jointly with Ken Cook

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Relationship between Student Competitive Activities and the Entrepreneurial MindsetAbstractThis paper will focus on examining the use of student competitive events,projects and competitions and their relationship to building the entrepreneurialmindset in engineering discipline. The use of student competitive events hasbeen and continues to be an integral part the engineering curriculum. Crossdisciplinary and inter disciplinary teams are established to compete in variousforms of competition in most engineering programs. These competitive eventsinclude: Aero Design Competition, Bridge Building, SAE Formula, Element One –Hydrogen Team, Baja Team, etc. These are examples of student competitiveevents that are held on local, national and international level. No doubtcompetitions have great value in team building skill, self confidence,technological knowledge, linking theory and practice and building school pride.This paper will study the relationship between competitive activities andentrepreneurial mindset. Our study will involve interviews and surveys fromexisting and past team members of those competitions. These steps will enableus to validate the hypothesis that there is a correlation between studentcompetitive events and the entrepreneurial mindset within engineering discipline.We will present the results of our study including the findings and therecommendations. This study may provide evidence of the importance of theutilization of student competitive activities as an experiential learning tool.

Reimer, D. M., & Ali, A., & Abro, S. R. (2011, June), Relationship between Student Competitive Activities and the Entrepreneurial Mindset Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC.

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