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Creating, Educating and Assessing a New Class of Entrepreneurial Minded Engineers

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Abstract:

In the last sixty years, engineering education has emphasized the theory deemed necessary to be a valuable and successful engineer. This approach to engineering degree plans has precluded, in many instances, the opportunity for creativity and hands-on innovation in the classroom. One of the stated goals of the Summit Series on the Grand Challenges of the National Academy of Engineering is to "enhance student interest in engineering, science, and technology entrepreneurship." Of particular interest to engineering programs trying to integrate the entrepreneurial mindset – a combination of technical skills, business savvy, team building and management, and high-integrity leadership – is how to assess the methods by which they measure success in these programs.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2011-12-01

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