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Using the Engineering Unleashed Competition Teams' Skillset to Cultivate Entrepreneurial Mindset in Cocurricular Contexts

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Entrepreneurship and Engineering Innovation Division Technical Session 5

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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation

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Julia M. Williams Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

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Dr. Julia M. Williams is Professor of English at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Her research areas include technical communication, assessment, accreditation, and the development of change management strategies for faculty and staff. Her articles have appeared in the Journal of Engineering Education, International Journal of Engineering Education, IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, and Technical Communication Quarterly, among others.

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William A. Kline Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

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Bill Kline is Professor of Engineering Management and Associate Dean of Innovation at Rose-Hulman. His teaching and professional interests include systems engineering, quality, manufacturing systems, innovation, and entrepreneurship. As Associate Dean, he directs the Branam and Kremer Innovation Centers which house campus competition teams, capstone projects, and a maker space.

He is currently an associate with IOI Partners, a consulting venture focused on innovation tools and systems. Prior to joining Rose-Hulman, he was a company co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Montronix, a company in the global machine monitoring industry.

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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Engineering competitions are a rich educational context in which students can develop an entrepreneurial mindset. In order to support students' EM, we have developed a set of skills that contribute to competition team success. The skillset represents the adaptation of the EU Complementary Skills to the competition environment; we believe that the adaptation can help faculty who mentor teams to identify students' skills gap, locate resources that can contribute to students' development, and encourage students to adopt an entrepreneurial mindset. In this presentation, we will introduce attendees to the Engineering Unleashed Competition Team Skillset and show how the skillset contributes to competition team success. Our intention is to make this presentation interactive within the confines of the session.

First, we will introduce attendees to the EU Competition Team Skillset Roadmap, a visual representation of crucial skills that students need to be successful in engineering competitions. Second, we will then focus on one of the skills that is applicable to any competition: recruiting and retaining competition team members. This skill is key to forming a competition team and retaining team members during the competition year. Third, we will ask attendees to share best practices for recruiting and retaining team members that they use on their campuses. Gathering input from attendees about the current Roadmap will contribute to refinement of the tool. Finally, we will share resources that can help students develop the skill. By the end of the presentation, we plan to have each attendee leave with a familiarity with the Roadmap and several strategies for employing it with their students.

Williams, J. M., & Kline, W. A. (2021, July), Using the Engineering Unleashed Competition Teams' Skillset to Cultivate Entrepreneurial Mindset in Cocurricular Contexts Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--38002

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