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Work in Progress: A Conceptual Design Project for Civil Engineering Freshmen to Enhance Their Entrepreneurial Mindset

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual Conference

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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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17

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https://peer.asee.org/38114

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J. Chris Carroll Saint Louis University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0001-9250-8503

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Dr. Carroll is an Associate Professor and the Civil Engineering Program Coordinator in Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology at Saint Louis University. His experimental research interests focus on reinforced and prestressed concrete, while his engineering education research interests focus on experiential learning at both the university and K-12 levels. Dr. Carroll is also the chair of the American Concrete Institute's Committee S802 - Teaching Methods and Educational Materials.

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Kelsey Z. Musa Saint Louis University

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Kelsey Musa is a Civil Engineering student currently pursuing the MS Program in Engineering at Saint Louis University with a focus on Structural Engineering. Her experience in engineering education ranges from developing STEM related modules to moderating STEM camp activities for K-12 students. She aspires to practice engineering professionally in addition to pursuing future engineering education endeavours and continuously encouraging students to pursue careers in STEM.

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Shannon M. Sipes Indiana University, Bloomington

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Shannon Sipes serves as an instructional consultant providing professional development and individual consultations to faculty on areas related to their own teaching and to student learning. Prior to her current role, she has applied her interests in a STEM learning environment and taught a variety of psychology courses to both undergraduate and graduate students in face-to-face, hybrid, and online formats. Shannon earned a BS in psychology, a MA in experimental psychology, and a Ph.D. in curriculum & instruction with a focus in higher education.

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Scott A. Sell Saint Louis University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-6785-3193

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Scott A. Sell, Ph.D. is currently an Associate Professor and the Biomedical Engineering Program Coordinator in Parks College of Engineering, Aviation, and Technology at Saint Louis University. Prior to joining SLU in August of 2012, Dr. Sell received his education from Virginia Commonwealth University (BS in BME ’03; MS in BME ’06; and Ph.D. in BME in ’09), and spent three years conducting clinical tissue engineering research as a Polytrauma Research Fellow at the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond, VA.
Dr. Sell’s Tissue Engineering Scaffold Fabrication Lab focuses on the fabrication and evaluation of tissue engineering scaffolds capable of replicating both the form and function of the native extracellular matrix (ECM). Of principal interest is the fabrication of scaffolds capable of promoting wound healing and the filling of large tissue defects, as well as orthopaedic applications such as bone and intervertebral disc repair. Dr. Sell is also heavily interested in engineering and entrepreneurship education; having worked closely with both the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN) and the Coleman Foundation, and been selected to participate in the National Academy of Engineering’s Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium in 2016.
Dr. Sell has over 85 peer reviewed publications, over 195 conference abstracts, and 5500+ citations of his work. He has also been the recipient of several prestigious awards during his time at SLU: the Association of Parks College Students Outstanding Faculty of the Year Award, Saint Louis University’s Junior Faculty Grantwinner Award for Excellence in Research, the Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award for Parks College, and Saint Louis University’s Outstanding Faculty Mentorship Award.

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Michelle B. Sabick Saint Louis University

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Dr. Michelle Sabick assumed the role of Dean of Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology at Saint Louis University in July of 2016. Prior to that she was Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Saint Louis University. Dr. Sabick began her academic career at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho where she co-founded the Center for Orthopaedic and Biomechanics Research and served as Chair of the Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering for three years.

Sabick earned a BS degree in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University and MS and PhD degrees in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Iowa. Before moving to academia, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Orthopedics at the Mayo Clinic and worked as a biomechanics researcher at the Steadman-Hawkins Sports Medicine Foundation in Vail, CO.

Dr. Sabick’s research areas are orthopedic biomechanics and sports medicine. Her primary focus is on how highly ballistic human movements affect the joints of the upper extremity. She is the President-Elect of the American Society of Biomechanics and the co-chair of the Saint Louis University Science and Engineering Task Force.

Throughout her career, Sabick has been passionate about improving undergraduate engineering education. She has been highly involved in efforts to transform STEM teaching practices at both Saint Louis University and Boise State, where she helped mentor faculty members to infuse courses with more interactive and hands-on learning experiences. She is currently working on a Boeing-funded project to infuse more math content into the middle school curriculum in the St. Louis Public School System.

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Abstract

Past offerings of the introduction to civil engineering course at a University simply introduced freshmen students to the various sub-disciplines of civil engineering and required students to give a research presentation and complete a small team project. The course was recently restructured to focus more on communication skills, teamwork, and the design process while still incorporating the civil engineering sub-disciplines. In particular, a conceptual design project was implemented to potentially enhance students’ entrepreneurial mindset by using the Disney Imagineering Process, specifically to generate curiosity, illustrate the connections of various engineering disciplines, and help students to understand value creation.

This paper provides an overview of the restructured course and the details of the conceptual design project. Fifteen students were divided into four groups, which were each asked to complete a conceptual design of hypothetical theme park resorts. Students were first taught how to use Sketchup and Google Earth and were then guided through a five-week design process that included several milestones. The first and second weeks focused on brainstorming sessions and concept design, respectively. Students used large-scale maps and LEGOs to develop physical models to visualize their conceptual designs. The third and fourth weeks focused on transforming the physical models into more detailed conceptual designs using Sketchup and Google Earth. Lastly, students developed a presentation to pitch their design to a group of investors (i.e. civil engineering faculty). Each student was asked to take the ESEMA survey before and after the project assignment to evaluate the effect of the project on their entrepreneurial mindset. Additionally, some open-ended questions about the project were added on to the post-survey. The paper also discusses the results of that survey along with lessons learned from the projects’ implementation and the expected changes for the project moving forward.

Carroll, J. C., & Musa, K. Z., & Sipes, S. M., & Sell, S. A., & Sabick, M. B. (2021, July), Work in Progress: A Conceptual Design Project for Civil Engineering Freshmen to Enhance Their Entrepreneurial Mindset Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. https://peer.asee.org/38114

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