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Work in Progress: Comparison of the Entrepreneurial Mindset of Engineering Faculty and Undergraduate Students

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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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11

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Maria-Isabel Carnasciali University of New Haven Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0001-5887-0744

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Maria-Isabel Carnasciali is Assistant Provost for Program Assessment and Effectiveness at the University of New Haven, CT. She is also an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. She obtained her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech. She received her Bachelors of Engineering from MIT. Her research focuses on the nontraditional engineering student – understanding their motivations, identity development, and impact of prior engineering-related experiences. Her work dwells into learning in informal settings such as summer camps, military experiences, and extra-curricular activities. Other research interests involve validation of CFD models for aerospace and industrial applications, as well as optimizing efficiency of thermal-fluid systems.

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Cheryl Q. Li University of New Haven

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Cheryl Qing Li joined University of New Haven in the fall of 2011, where she is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Cheryl earned her first Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from National University of Singapore in 1997. She served as Assistant Professor and subsequently Associate Professor in Mechatronics Engineering at University of Adelaide, Australia, and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, respectively. In 2006, she resigned from her faculty job and came to Connecticut for family reunion. Throughout her academic career in Australia and Singapore, she had developed a very strong interest in learning psychology and educational measurement. She then opted for a second Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, specialized in Psychometrics at University of Connecticut. She earned her second Ph.D. in 2010.

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Nadiye O. Erdil University of New Haven

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Nadiye O. Erdil, an associate professor of industrial and systems engineering and engineering and operations management at the University of New Haven. She has many years of experience in higher education and has held several academic positions including administrative appointments. She has experience in teaching at the undergraduate and the graduate level. In addition to her academic work, Dr. Erdil worked as an engineer in sheet metal manufacturing and pipe fabrication industry. She holds B.S. in Computer Engineering, M.S. in Industrial Engineering. She received her Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Binghamton University (SUNY). Her background and research interests are in quality and productivity improvement using statistical tools, lean methods and use of information technology in operations management. Her work is primarily in manufacturing and healthcare delivery operations.

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Ronald S. Harichandran University of New Haven

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Ron Harichandran is Dean of the Tagliatela College of Engineering and is the PI of the grant entitled Developing Entrepreneurial Thinking in Engineering Students by Utilizing Integrated Online Modules and Experiential Learning Opportunities. Through this grant entrepreneurial learning has been integrated into courses spanning all four years in seven ABET accredited engineering and computer science BS programs. The survey instrument used to assess the entrepreneurial mindset of students and faculty was developed as a part of this effort.

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Abstract

This work-in-progress paper describes a comparison study to assess the difference in the entrepreneurial mindset between engineering faculty and students at the University of New Haven. A survey instrument, previously presented in other publications, was designed to measure the entrepreneurial mindset of engineering students. The instrument is regularly used to collect data from two populations: incoming first-year students and exiting fourth-year students in the engineering and computer science programs at the university. As part of a separate effort that focuses on faculty entrepreneurial mindset, the student survey was adapted and administered to 36 faculty in the College of Engineering at the University of New Haven.

The core of the instrument contains 50 statements (not including demographics) which are loaded onto 14 factors for analysis. These factors include problem solving/logical thinking, engaging stakeholders, value creation, risk management, ability to learn, analyze market conditions, system thinking, team building, exposure to entrepreneurship, ability to anticipate technical developments, intrinsic curiosity, ability to assess financial value, data driven decision making, and career plan. Minor modifications to wording were made to ensure alignment of the questions to the intended audience of faculty. Additional questions were included addressing self-efficacy concepts; and questions targeting students were dropped. However, an effort was made to keep the questions in the student survey as intact as possible to facilitate comparison between the populations. Preliminary results of the comparison analysis are presented.

Our work is based on the entrepreneurial mindset framework as defined by the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN).

Carnasciali, M., & Li, C. Q., & Erdil, N. O., & Harichandran, R. S. (2021, July), Work in Progress: Comparison of the Entrepreneurial Mindset of Engineering Faculty and Undergraduate Students Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. https://peer.asee.org/38131

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