June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation
24.1217.1 - 24.1217.22
The Framework for Entrepreneurial Engineering (FEE)Leaders in industry and government call today for the development of entrepreneurialbehavior and skills in engineers. Defining the critical characteristics of anentrepreneurial engineer in the different stages of the entrepreneurial process was thegoal of a team of 10 engineers, entrepreneurs and engineering faculty who participatedin a two discussions of how successful entrepreneurial engineers behave during theentrepreneurial process. The first discussion was held in October 2012 at the first NSFsponsored Epicenter retreat. The second discussion was sponsored by the NCIIA andwas held for two days in Atlanta, Georgia in June 2013 following the annual ASEEmeeting,The research question discussed at those two meetings was: What are the most important characteristics (knowledge, skills or attributes) of an entrepreneurial engineer in discovering, developing and implementing an improvement-in or a new or novel product, process or concept?The purpose of this paper is to document and share the processes used and theresulting definitions and identification of entrepreneurial engineering characteristicsstemming from those two discussions.Consensus definitions developed by the conclusion of the Atlanta meeting include: Stages of There are three stages of entrepreneurial entrepreneurial engineering: discover, develop and engineering deploy/sustain. Discover Identify a significant need or opportunity that engineering tools, processes or concepts can address. Develop Define and generate/establish an economically viable product, process or system that addresses the discovered need. Deploy and Sustain Launch and stabilize a scalable and sustainable solution to the developed need.Additional consensus definitions include: Knowledge What you understand Skills What you can do Attributes What you bring or how you need to act Entrepreneurial The design, development and Engineering implementation of a sustainable solution that creates value.Critical characteristics identified for the stages of entrepreneurial engineering were: Discover Develop Deploy and SustainKnowledge Domain knowledge Technical Business acumen knowledge Business acumenSkills Recognizes Market focused Human resource opportunities manager Idea generator Alternatives seeker Engages stakeholders Keen observer Engages Team manager stakeholders Recognizes value Strategic thinkerAttributes Empathy User centered Adaptable Curiosity Failure tolerant Tenacious Dissatisfied with Persistent Organized status quo Flexible AdaptableInsights into the critical characteristics of an entrepreneurial engineer will aid studentand practicing engineers as well as engineering faculty in self-reflection, instruction andteam management. These findings will also help establish learning objectives forentrepreneurial engineering curriculum and inform corporate hiring, staffing and teammanagement decisions involving entrepreneurial engineers.
Ferguson, D. M., & Newstetter, W. C., & Fisher, E., & Gangopadhyay, P., & Cawthorne, J. E., & Condoor, S. S., & Coyle, E. J., & Wroblewski, D., & Huellstrunk, C. (2014, June), The Framework on Innovative Engineering Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. https://peer.asee.org/23150
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