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Teaching Entrepreneurial Mindset in a First-Year Introduction to Engineering Course

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Conference

2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Columbus, Ohio

Publication Date

June 24, 2017

Start Date

June 24, 2017

End Date

June 28, 2017

Conference Session

Entrepreneurship and Innovation in First-Year Programs

Tagged Division

Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation

Page Count

13

DOI

10.18260/1-2--28915

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https://strategy.asee.org/28915

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488

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Chao Wang Arizona State University

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Chao Wang received her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is currently a senior lecturer in Ira. A Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University.

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Abstract

With a mission to graduate engineers who can create personal, economic, and societal value through a lifetime of meaningful work, KEEN (Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network) started a movement of fostering an entrepreneurial mindset in young engineers. This paper will discuss the experience and evaluation of incorporating entrepreneurial mindset learning in a freshman Introduction to Engineering course.

Introduction to Engineering is a one-semester 2-credit hour freshman lecture and lab course focusing on teaching engineering design process, with students completing a half-semester long multi-disciplinary design project. In addition, technical concepts such as engineering drawing, MATLAB and basic disciplinary knowledge are taught along with the introduction of “soft skills” such as communication, teamwork and project management. This paper will discuss how KEEN’s 3Cs framework, i.e., curiosity, connections and creating values, was incorporated into the existing course content centered on an open-ended design project. The impact of this addition will be evaluated through student surveys on their awareness of entrepreneurial mindset concepts.

Wang, C. (2017, June), Teaching Entrepreneurial Mindset in a First-Year Introduction to Engineering Course Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28915

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