New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation
Science, Engineering and Technology permeate nearly every facet of modern life and as problem solvers, engineers are perfectly capable of managing entrepreneurial activities mastering innovative ways of business development once they spend time and efforts understanding and acting in the field. Engineers rely on science and methods for analysis to ensure the quality and liability of design; nevertheless a pinch of creativity is required in order to find innovative solutions for economic and entrepreneurial problems. This paper describes the designed engineering program by COPEC – Science and Education Research Council education research team, in which what is called Working with Communities course is included, which provides 3rd year engineering students the chance to work with consultancy to foster an entrepreneurial community in the city. The idea is to create an Innovative Office, which local entrepreneurs can refer to with a problem or project to discuss and to find sustainable solutions. Presently the project has worked relatively well. Student groups are working hard and the results have been positive. Customer satisfaction has been very good. This information is based on the result of a research that is completed at the end of the project in participant companies. The students claim that the project is a very good opportunity to know their own limits and capabilities. The difficulties they face are related to the fact that they have to combine the project work with studying hard to accomplish the engineering program. They have provided good feedback and are working hard to finish the engineering program, certain that engineering is what they want to do in life. The pedagogical aspects of the program are the key factor for its success, which are the extra courses of economics taught by specialists and the research practice that students have to develop in order to get the basis for project development. It is a very rich experience for students and shows them that they need to be very much self disciplined and to avoid procrastination.
Ciampi, M. M., & Brito, C. D. R., & Vasconcelos, R. M. C. F., & Amaral, L. A. M., & Barros, V. F. A. (2016, June), Science, Engineering, and Technology Innovation for Global Human Challenges Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26146
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