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Towards a Sustainable Engineering Entrepreneurship Education

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

Start Date

June 26, 2016

End Date

June 29, 2016





Conference Session

Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation Division Technical Session 1

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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation

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Benedict M. Uzochukwu Virginia State University

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Benedict M. Uzochukwu is an Associate Professor of Technology at the Virginia State University. His research interests include Human Factors and Ergonomics, Sustainment, Logistics, Supply Chain Management, Life cycle Systems, Systems Integration and Management of technology systems. He has a Ph.D. degree in Industrial Engineering from the North Carolina A & T State University, Greensboro and has several peer reviewed publications to his credit. He belongs to a number of professional organizations such as the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), Society for Engineering Management (SEM), Project Management Institute (PMI), Society for Health Systems (SHS) and Association of Technology Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE). He is also a member of Alpha Pi Mu and Phi Kappa Phi Honors society.

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Coray Davis Virginia State University

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Chair and Associate Professor for Engineering Technology

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Ben U. Nwoke Virginia State University

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Dr. Ben U. Nwoke is a certified manufacturing engineer and a certified project manager. He is a professor at Virginia State University in the Department of Technology, Petersburg, Virginia.

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Efforts are ongoing to actively engage private and public educational administrators, community leaders, non-government agencies, state and local government leaders, and other entrepreneurial ecosystems to embrace entrepreneurship. These ecosystems are expected to provide the platform where students can develop ideas that will shape and transform their future. The goal will be to create outstanding opportunities for sustainable growth. For example, the current higher education pedagogy will require taking a closer look at the unique assets of colleges and universities in order to align curricula and institutional programs with industry needs. Engineering entrepreneurship education should focus on teaching young adults, at earlier ages, about innovation and the associated challenges. Some of these challenges include sustainability, access, safety, and lack of awareness. The paper will discuss the challenges, ideas, long-term approaches as well as general insights on how institutions can integrate core entrepreneurship values into the academic curriculum.

Uzochukwu, B. M., & Davis, C., & Nwoke, B. U. (2016, June), Towards a Sustainable Engineering Entrepreneurship Education Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.27068

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