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The Innovation Canvas: An Instructor's Guide

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014

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2153-5965

Conference Session

Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation Division New Ideas Session 1

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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation

Page Count

12

Page Numbers

24.1229.1 - 24.1229.12

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https://peer.asee.org/23162

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Jameel Ahmed Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

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Jameel Ahmed is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Biology and Biomedical Engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. He has been teaching at Rose-Hulman since 1999, and his technical interests lie in the areas of quantitative physiology and neuroprosthetics. He also has interest in helping develop leadership skills in others, as is evidenced by his involvement in Rose-Hulman's Leadership Advancement Program, and the Making Academic Change Happen (MACH) workshop.

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Renee D. Rogge Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

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William A. Kline Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

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Bill Kline is Professor of Engineering Management at Rose-Hulman. He joined Rose-Hulman in 2001 and his teaching and professional interests include systems engineering, design, quality, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

Prior to joining Rose-Hulman, his industry experience includes roles as cofounder and Chief Operating Officer at Montronix and development manager at Kennametal.

Bill is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Illinois College and a Bronze Tablet graduate of University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign where he received a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering.

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Robert M. Bunch Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

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Robert M. Bunch is a Professor of Physics and Optical Engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and an Innovation Fellow at Rose-Hulman Ventures. Since joining the Rose-Hulman faculty in 1983, he has been active in developing undergraduate and graduate courses and laboratories for the optical engineering educational program. He has directed 23 completed master’s degree thesis projects, consulted with industry, and is co-inventor on two patents. In 2000, he received the Rose-Hulman Board of Trustees Outstanding Scholar Award. His research and technical interests include development of optics-based products, fiber optics, optical instruments, and systems engineering.

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Thomas W. Mason Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

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Tom Mason is Professor Emeritus of Economics and Engineering Management. After retiring from his 38 year career at Rose-Hulman in 2010, he continues part-time teaching of entrepreneurship, exploring innovation in engineering education and advising technology based start ups.

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Michael Wollowski Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

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Michael Wollowski obtained his undergraduate degree in Informatics from the University of Hamburg, Germany. He obtained M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, USA. He studied under Jon Barwise and as part of his dissertation developed a diagrammatic proof system for planning in the blocks world of Artificial Intelligence. Michael is an associate professor at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, IN, USA where he teaches introductory and advanced courses in the Computer Science and Software Engineering Department. Prior to that, he was a visiting assistant professor in the Computer Science department at Siena College in Loudonville, NY, USA.

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Glen A. Livesay Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

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Glen Livesay is a Professor of Applied Biology and Biomedical Engineering; he co-developed and co-teaches the biomedical engineering capstone design sequence at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Glen’s educational research interests include student learning styles, the statistical evaluation of assessment instruments, and increasing student engagement with hands-on activities. He has received an NSF CAREER award and served as a Fellow at the National Effective Teaching Institute.

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Abstract

The Innovation Canvas: An Instructor’s Guide.The Innovation Canvas is a graphical/textual tool that enables engineers involved in the designprocess to keep track of the context in which they are developing technical solutions. While itcan be used by practicing design groups, the Canvas has been developed primarily as an aid toteaching undergraduates the design process in a way that stresses effective innovation andentrepreneurship approaches. Using the Canvas ensures that design teams focus on the valueproposition of their solution, as well as market issues and functional decomposition. These areoften areas to which undergraduates have little exposure, but are central to helping them thinklike innovators and entrepreneurs.While the Canvas is a potentially powerful tool for design education, early field tests indicatedthat the learning curve for instructors when implementing this tool is fairly steep. To addressthis issue, we assembled a cross-disciplinary team of instructors with varying levels ofexperience in design education to work with the Innovation Canvas and develop tools andtechniques to help design instructors become comfortable with using the Canvas.The team developed many tools to help instructors overcome the learning curve for using theCanvas. These included the use of design videos, reverse engineering examples, examples ofspecific analyses embedded within the Canvas and case studies. Our paper will illustrate theseexamples with the goal of serving as a guide for instructors interested in implementing theInnovation Canvas in their classes or projects.   

Ahmed, J., & Rogge, R. D., & Kline, W. A., & Bunch, R. M., & Mason, T. W., & Wollowski, M., & Livesay, G. A. (2014, June), The Innovation Canvas: An Instructor's Guide Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. https://peer.asee.org/23162

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