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The Helping Hands Dense Network: A Collaboration Across Multiple Universities

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

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June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

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June 13, 2012



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National and Multi-university Initiatives

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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation

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25.1303.1 - 25.1303.12



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Cynthia C. Fry Baylor University

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Cynthia C. Fry is a Senior Lecturer of computer science and Assistant Dean of the School of Engineering and Computer Science, Baylor University.

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William M. Jordan Baylor University

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William Jordan is the Mechanical Engineering Department Chair at Baylor University. He has B.S. and M.S. degrees in metallurgical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines, a M.A. degree in theology from Denver Seminary, and a Ph.D. in mechanics and materials from Texas A&M University. He teaches materials related courses. He does work in the areas of entrepreneurship and appropriate technology in developing countries. He also writes and does research in the areas of engineering ethics and engineering education.

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Edmond John Dougherty Villanova University

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Edmond John Dougherty is a graduate of Villanova and Drexel universities. He is the Director of the Engineering Entrepreneurship program at Villanova University. He is also President of Ablaze Development Corp and a Founder of Wavecam Media. Ablaze provides electronic and software product design services. Wavecam designs, produces, and operates a number of aerial remote camera systems for sports and entertainment. He specializes in product design, engineering project management, artificial intelligence, and creativity. He was a key part of a team that won an Emmy Award for technical achievement in the development of the Skycam, an aerial robotic control camera system. In 2008, he was given the Philadelphia IEEE Member Award for his contributions to technology. Dougherty has 13 US Patents.

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Nassif E. Rayess University of Detroit Mercy

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Pritpal Singh Villanova University


Kenneth F. Bloemer University of Dayton

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Ken Bloemer is currently Director of the Innovation Center at the University of Dayton’s School of Engineering. Here he recruits industry sponsored innovation challenges to be solved by multidisciplinary student teams who tap into the vast resources of the University. In addition, Bloemer teaches courses on innovation and is a frequent guest lecturer around campus. Bloemer has a broad diversity of experience in Fortune 100 (Johnson & Johnson), business development and process improvement consulting (TechSolve), academia (University of Dayton, University of Cincinnati), government (U.S. Air Force), and his true passionL inventing (Eureka! Ranch International and Founder and Managing Partner of Bloemer, Meiser, and Westerkamp, LLC).

Ken has two issued U.S. Patents and is on the Executive Committee of the United Inventors Association. Ken is a sought after innovation speaker and has been invited guest lecturer and/or conducted innovation workshops for inventors at over 100 universities, federal labs and inventor clubs in the US, Canada & Scotland. He has a Bachelors, Masters and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering.

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The Helping Hands Dense Network – A Collaboration Across Multiple UniversitiesInspired by the Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network (KEEN) mission of educating a newtype of entrepreneurially minded engineers who will “catalyze a transformation in the workforceand build economic and technical commerce in their communities,” four member universities ofthe KEEN joined together to form the Helping Hands Dense Network (HHDN) with a three-yearplan of work that: • Leverages industry ties to develop a deep understanding of intrapreneurship and develop collaborative intrapreneurship end-to-end education (IE3) curricula that will enrich the student learning experience • Employs intercollegiate student projects (ISP) that are impactful and multi-disciplinary, with diverse student teams as a central element of an exciting new intrapreneurial cultureThe IE3 curriculum development will be led by two of the institutions and will consist of: • An in-depth study of intrapreneurship • Three modules on innovation in a corporate context • A seminar series • An intrapreneurship-focused opportunity evaluation and venture planning course/workshop called Corporate Intrapreneurship Training (CIT).The ISP features development, piloting, and assessment of three types of project structures andwill be led by the other two HHDN institutions: • Identical projects run in parallel at each participating school • Projects where the team members themselves are distributed • Projects that distribute tasks among teams at each schoolTogether, these objectives cover most of the experience of turning an unrecognized market needinto a product within an established company. In particular, they impart in the students the skillsassociated with need identification, ideation, conceptual design and refinement, and businessanalysis as well as detailed design and development. Additionally, this work will develop in thestudents a wide range of soft skills and professional attributes associated with entrepreneurialengineering and measured using the KEEN-TTI Performance DNA. Just as important, theproposed work will provide the students with a sophisticated understanding of the variouscorporate cultures as they relate to innovation and intrapreneurship.This paper will document the design and development of the HHDN, as well as the earlyimplementation of the dense network.

Fry, C. C., & Jordan, W. M., & Dougherty, E. J., & Rayess, N. E., & Singh, P., & Bloemer, K. F. (2012, June), The Helping Hands Dense Network: A Collaboration Across Multiple Universities Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--22060

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