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Successful Teaming Characteristics Revealed in an Intensive Design Experience

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

Publication Date

June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation Division Poster Session

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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation

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Rodney Boehm Texas A&M University

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Rodney Boehm is the Director of Engineering Entrpreneurship and an Associate Professor of Practice in the Texas A&M University College of Engineering. He has broad industry experiences, including over 30 years in all aspects of the telecommunications industry (sales, marketing, manufacturing, business development, and technical design), the creation of a telecommunications standard (SONET - Synchronous Optical Network) for the fiber optics industry that is still in use internationally over 30 years later, a wide variety of business experiences in international companies, and start up experiences that have helped him lead a very successful industry career. He holds a BS and ME in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University. Currently he is using his technical business experiences to develop and run innovation and entrepreneurial programs for the Engineering Innovation Center, a 20,000 sq ft rapid prototyping facility. These include Aggies Invent, TAMU iSITE, Inventeer, and Pop Up Classes. In addition, he mentors multiple entrepreneurial teams.
He is also formerly the Chief Operating Officer for GroundFORCE, a company that specializes in a unique patented construction technology. His extensive experience in running sales, marketing, manufacturing, and large multi-national organizations was applied to introducing this new technology to the construction industry.

Formerly he was a Senior Vice President of Fujitsu Network Communications, headquartered in Richardson, Texas. With over 30 years of experience in telecommunications, Rodney was responsible for developing partnerships with leading network technology providers and driving marketing efforts for optical, access and data products developed by Fujitsu. Along with Yau Chow Ching, Rodney conceived (and wrote the standards for), the SONET (Synchronous Optical Network) architecture, which served as the base for today's North American telephone network. Rodney was Chairman of the T1X1 Technical Sub-Committee (the organization responsible for SONET standardization) from 1990 through 1994. He has been active in SONET's National and International Standardization since 1985. In addition, Rodney has published numerous papers and presentations on SONET.

Rodney began his career with Fujitsu Network Communications in 1989 as the Director of Strategic Planning. He also held the positions of Director of Transport Product Planning, Vice President of Business Management, Senior Vice President of Sales Management, Senior Vice President of Manufacturing, and Senior Vice President of Business Development. Before joining Fujitsu, Rodney worked for Bell Laboratories, Bellcore (now Telcordia), and Rockwell International. He earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering at Texas A&M University.

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Cameron Wesley Davis Southern Methodist University

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I am a recent graduate of the Southern Methodist University Master's of Science in Counseling Program.

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Laura A. Frazee Southern Methodist University


Jennifer Diane Boehm Southern Methodist University

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In developing entrepreneurial mindsets with students, intensive design experiences challenge undergraduate and graduate students to innovate, design, build, and present solutions to real-world problems in a concentrated, 48-hour period of time. Through observations from previous intensive design experiences, certain team functions and characteristics appeared to emerge as critical to team success. The author and co-authors hypothesized that team interaction, respect amongst members, and effective communications were the most important team dynamic characteristics in contributing to the success of teams as they developed solutions. Data was collected through the use of team characteristic assessments and direct third party observations at three critical times during the event. The data and observers’ comments revealed team development during the event had some correlation with team success. Knowledge of which characteristics best predict team success amongst focused peers should influence the development of targeted interventions aimed at increasing team cohesion and potential for success.

Boehm, R., & Davis, C. W., & Frazee, L. A., & Boehm, J. D. (2017, June), Successful Teaming Characteristics Revealed in an Intensive Design Experience Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28879

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