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Using the Design Thinking Approach to Develop an Entrepreneurial Development Center

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation Division Technical Session 8

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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation

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Pradeep Kashinath Waychal Western Michigan University Orcid 16x16

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Dr Pradeep Waychal is a visiting professor at the CRICPE of Western Michigan University, a founder trustee of Guruji Education Foundation that provides holistic support to the higher education of underprivileged students, and an academic adviser to many Indian educational institutes. Earlier, Dr Waychal has worked at Patni Computer Systems for 20 years in various positions including the head of innovations, NMIMS as the director Shirpur campus, and at College of Engineering Pune (COEP) as the founder head of the innovation Center.

Dr Waychal earned his Ph D in the area of developing Innovation Competencies in Information System Organizations from IIT Bombay and M Tech in Control Engineering from IIT Delhi. He has presented keynote / invited talks in many high profile international conferences and has published papers in peer-reviewed journals. He / his teams have won awards in Engineering Education, Innovation, Six Sigma, and Knowledge Management at international events. His current research interests are engineering education, software engineering, and developing innovative entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs. He was chosen as one of the five outstanding engineering educators by IUCEE (Indo-universal consortium of engineering education) in 2017.

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Vinit Kishor Agham

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Vediya Sitaram Raghuvanshi R. C. Patel Institute of Technology, Shirpur


Jayantrao Bhaurao Patil R. C. Patel Institute of Technology, Shirpur

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Jayantrao B. Patil is working as the Principal at the R. C. Patel institute of Technology, Shirpur, India and holds appointment as a Professor in the Department of Computer Engineering. He is also serving as a Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Member of Senate, Member of Academic Council, and Chairman of Board of Studies in Computer Engineering & Information Technology at the North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon, India.

Jayantrao’s research interests include Web caching, Web Prefetching, Web data mining, Biometrics, and digital watermarking. He is the author/co-author of over 10 papers in refereed journal publications and over 10 papers in conference proceedings. He is also associated with many international conferences like ICICT 2014 at Chengdu, China, ICICT 2013 at New Delhi, India, and DNCOCO 2007 at Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago as a Session Chair and Program Committee Chair.

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Pramod Jagan Deore

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Pramod Deore is Professor of Electronics and Telecommunication Department at the R. C. Patel Institute of Technology, Shirpur, India. He is also serving as a Senate Member and Member of Board of Studies in Electronics and Telecommunication at the North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon, India.
His research interests include Interval arithmetic operations applications in Robust Control, Image Processing, and Bio-medical Signal Processing etc. He has published 40 papers in National/International Conferences/Journals and he has Co-authored two books. He is Member of IEEE and life member of ISTE

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If India wants to leverage its demographic dividend and not allow it to turn into a demographic curse, she needs to nurture more innovative entrepreneurs. She can succeed in fulfilling this growing need by focusing on college students and developing supportive education systems. While entrepreneurs can really come from any educational discipline, the engineering discipline appears to be the most natural and fertile, especially for innovative entrepreneurs. Towards that, various colleges have been building entrepreneurial development centres (EDC). We decided to use a design thinking approach. We started by understanding our students better to develop effective EDCs and carried out an awareness session that included a survey of around 200 sophomore and junior students.

Before the awareness session, about 85% students wanted to be entrepreneurs and after the awareness session the number went up to 90%. It was also encouraging to note that the most common reason for becoming an entrepreneur was to solve pressing problems of humanity, in general, and of the country, in particular. The other reasons were the freedom that entrepreneurial path offers, the lure of money, and ‘just wanting to be an entrepreneur. Most of the students understood the challenges and risks involved in the entrepreneurial careers and quoted that they could come in the way of their desire of taking up the entrepreneurial career paths. The students were considering areas such as poverty elimination, health, energy, environment for their entrepreneurial ventures. They felt that they would require support in the form of funding and mentoring.

The above findings are based on the analysis of a random sample of survey responses. We will analyse responses of all the students as well as compare them with the responses of students from another college, and present a comprehensive picture in the final paper. We will present the structure of the awareness session and will look for patterns in the responses around gender, field of study, year of study, and social background of students.

Waychal, P. K., & Agham, V. K., & Raghuvanshi, V. S., & Patil, J. B., & Deore, P. J. (2018, June), Using the Design Thinking Approach to Develop an Entrepreneurial Development Center Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--31213

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