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The Epics Entrepreneurship Initiative: Combining Engineering And Management To Improve Entrepreneurship Education And Practice

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

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June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



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8.1134.1 - 8.1134.8



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Stephen Martin

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Shailendra Mehta

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Ronald Steuterman

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Leah Jamieson

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Edward Coyle

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Session 2793

The EPICS Entrepreneurship Initiative: Combining Engineering and Management to Improve Entrepreneurship Education and Practice

Edward J. Coyle, Leah H. Jamieson, William C. Oakes, Stephen Martin, Ronald J. Steuterman, Shailendra R. Mehta, Donald A. Blewett1, Marie C. Thursby2 The Schools of Engineering and the Krannert School of Management Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907


The Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) Program at Purdue, working in partnership with Purdue's Discovery Park and Krannert School of Management, has launched the EPICS Entrepreneurship Initiative. The initiative provides opportunities for the more than 300 students currently enrolled in EPICS to: (1) Learn about entrepreneurship and the management of intellectual property in the context of the products they develop at the request of service and education organizations in the local community; (2) Obtain assistance from programs within Purdue’s Krannert School of Management if they are considering the commercialization of the products they have developed. As one step in the evaluation of the commercial potential of the products they have designed and developed, the EPICS teams are encouraged to participate in entrepreneurship competitions, including Purdue’s annual $100K Burton Morgan Entrepreneurship Competition. The EPICS Entrepreneurship Initiative at Purdue is a model for similar initiatives that could be created at the 9 other universities that also have EPICS programs.

1. Introduction

By any measure, the EPICS program is a very large, very multidisciplinary and outstandingly successful engineering design program. This Fall, there are more than 300 students from more than 20 different disciplines enrolled in 24 EPICS teams -- an average of 12 students per team. All students on these teams earn academic credit as they work closely with a project partner in the community to define, design, build, test and deploy systems that provide their partner with new capabilities to serve the community1-7. Full information about the EPICS program is available on- line at All publications related to the EPICS program are available at and an index of the student teams’ web pages resides at

1 E.J. Coyle, L.H. Jamieson and W.C. Oakes are with the EPICS program within the Schools of Engineering at Purdue University; S. Martin, R.J Steuterman, S.R. Mehta, and D.A. Blewett are with the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University. 2 Marie C. Thursby is now with the Dupree College of Management, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA 30332-0520

“Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition. Copyright © 2003, American Society for Engineering Education.”

Martin, S., & Mehta, S., & Steuterman, R., & Jamieson, L., & Blewett, D., & Oakes, W., & Coyle, E. (2003, June), The Epics Entrepreneurship Initiative: Combining Engineering And Management To Improve Entrepreneurship Education And Practice Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--11501

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