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Virtual Ideation Platform and Entrepreneurship

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

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June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

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June 29, 2011



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Manufacturing Poster Session

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22.1664.1 - 22.1664.11



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Robert W Simoneau Keene State College

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Robert W. Simoneau has 39 years of academic and industrial experience in manufacturing related disciplines and plastics engineering specifically in the areas of product design and development. He is currently an Associate Professor at Keene State College in the Management Department. He recently served two years as a Program Director in the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation. Prior to Keene State College he taught in the Manufacturing Engineering Technology department at Wentworth Institute of Technology (WIT). Before teaching at WIT he gained considerable experience in vocational education as a Master Teacher in the Plastics Technology program at Minuteman Regional Technical High School. He is also an adjunct professor for the Plastics Engineering Program at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. He has been a consultant to Ford Motor Company, Polaroid Inc., Timken Aerospace, and SMITHS Industries. He was also a guest scientist at the Army Materials Research in the Composite Development Division. He continues to co-teach Technology Studies courses with the technology faculty at Keene State College. He has published numerous articles over the years in engineering technology and materials research. He is a consultant on the Virtual Ideation Platform (VIP) project for Central Maine Community College.

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Megan C Piccus Springfield Technical Community College

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Gary Masciadrelli Springfield Technical Community College

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Virtual Ideation Platform and Entrepreneurship This paper will explore the Virtual Ideation Platform (VIP) which involves several NewEngland community colleges and universities, an immersion model, where faculty and studentscombine their expertise to create products using the Internet. The VIP is being developed under aNational Science Foundation grant to explore the limits of virtual product development in terms ofproject complexity. The VIP was originally conceived to undertake projects from industry. Anunexpected and exciting outcome is the number of students using the VIP to support entrepreneurialefforts. Courses and programs are being realigned at VIP campuses to capitalize on new productventures leading to commercialization. The benefits and limitations of these entrepreneurial effortswithin the VIP framework will be examined.

Simoneau, R. W., & Piccus, M. C., & Masciadrelli, G. (2011, June), Virtual Ideation Platform and Entrepreneurship Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18827

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