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Work in Progress: Integrating Entrepreneurial Mind-set within Undergraduate Engineering Course Projects

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

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October 19, 2019

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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation Division Technical Session 6

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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation

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Anu Osta Rowan University Orcid 16x16

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Dr Anu Osta is a Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering Department at Rowan University. His teaching interests are Engineering Mechanics, Materials Science and Manufacturing.

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Kevin D. Dahm Rowan University

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Kevin Dahm is a Professor of Chemical Engineering at Rowan University. He earned his BS from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (92) and his PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (98). He has published two books, "Fundamentals of Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics" and "Interpreting Diffuse Reflectance and Transmittance." He has also published papers on effective use of simulation in engineering, teaching design and engineering economics, and assessment of student learning.

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Entrepreneurial mindset is important for maintaining a competitive edge in the dynamic changing engineering world. The Kern Family Foundation through its Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN) has made it its mission to equip engineers with an entrepreneurial mindset with the hope that this will contribute to business and technological success of the future U.S. workforce. This paper describes a work-in-progress intervention where the KEEN 3Cs of entrepreneurially minded learning (curiosity, connections, and creating value) were introduced into a ‘Principles of MechE for ECE majors’ course. In this course electrical engineering students learn about the basic principles of mechanical engineering. In an effort to understand how students view the 3Cs, the students are asked to select a specific project which could be new or a previous project from another course. Through their project the students will highlight the following • Curiosity - Engineering Curiosity: The technological need for the product or solution. Technical description of integration of the related technologies for developing the product or the solution. The technological evolution or future of the solution. - Business Curiosity: The market gap for a new product or solution. Causal factors and economic driving forces that point towards such a need. • Connections - Engineering Connections: Connections between the knowledge they have acquired in their various engineering courses and how they managed to draw upon those ideas and information with the current project. - Business Connections: The professional connections that they established and how it all played in, in this particular project. Also if they were able to make a connection to the marketability of their ideas and how structured this idea was. • Creating Value - Engineering Value: What was the technological value invested and earned by this product or solution. - Business Value: What was the economic value invested and earned by this product or solution. The paper will document the experiences and the challenges faced by both, the faculty and the students towards such an effort. Assessment criteria developed to measure the success of this effort will also be discussed such as the grading rubric. It is hoped that this paper will provide a very important template for future academic

Osta, A., & Dahm, K. D. (2019, June), Work in Progress: Integrating Entrepreneurial Mind-set within Undergraduate Engineering Course Projects Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--33634

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