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Smith, Tori Rhoulac; Warner, Grant; Burge, Legand – Advances in Engineering Education, 2020
The lack of racial diversity in the technology industry has been widely acknowledged, especially since 2014 when many Silicon Valley companies, like Google, Facebook, and Intel, released racial diversity data. Howard University faculty involved in tech entrepreneurship noticed the racial disparity first-hand as entrepreneurs themselves and as…
Descriptors: Management Systems, Innovation, Black Colleges, Diversity
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Clark, William W.; Besterfield-Sacre, Mary – Advances in Engineering Education, 2020
This paper reflects on the process followed in the Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh to cultivate an innovative and entrepreneurial culture among students and faculty. As a member of the first cohort of the Pathways program, a strategic process was initiated to unlock the innovation capabilities of students and to feed…
Descriptors: Universities, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Sustainability
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Sánchez-López, Alizabeth M.; Pedraza, Sandra – Advances in Engineering Education, 2020
Universities have always been acknowledged as important drivers of economic development. Traditionally Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) contributed indirectly by disseminating knowledge and providing educated personnel to industries. A shift in the primary missions of universities encourages universities to take a more active role in…
Descriptors: Budgeting, Universities, College Role, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Boehm, Rodney – Advances in Engineering Education, 2020
Entrepreneurial skills are being sought by companies as they consider college graduates, particularly engineers, for future employment. Technical skills have become the baseline while the ability to apply these skills in a business environment has become a key differentiator in the value of employees in corporate environments. To address this need…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Entrepreneurship, Design, Extracurricular Activities
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Roberts, Dustyn; Buckley, Jenni – Advances in Engineering Education, 2020
The Design Studio is an academic makerspace, housed in the Mechanical Engineering Department at University of Delaware, that was co-developed through a multi-year, grassroots effort by the department and its undergraduate study body. It originated in 2012 in a small, under-utilized study room and evolved in stages into its present form as a 5,500…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Engineering Education, Design, Shared Resources and Services
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Walker, Erica; DesJardins, John; Przestrzelski, Bre – Advances in Engineering Education, 2020
Historically, classroom content delivery has relied on lecture, but recently there has been a call for educators to use active learning to promote student engagement and a deeper understanding of the material (Bonwell and Eison 1991; Erickson 1984; Cross 1987; Prince 2004; Bodnar and Clark 2014). According to Prince (2004) active learning is any…
Descriptors: Game Based Learning, Educational Change, Active Learning, 21st Century Skills
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Zapata-Ramos, Mari Luz; Lugo, José E. – Advances in Engineering Education, 2020
Students are attracted to innovation and entrepreneurship. However, it is challenging for them to take courses in I&E due to their already busy curriculums. This paper describes the "New Venture Design Experience," a one-year interdisciplinary program that pairs core and elective courses between the colleges of Engineering and…
Descriptors: Design, Entrepreneurship, Teaching Methods, Engineering Education
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Earle, Andrew G.; Merenda, Michael J.; Short, Kevin M.; Thein, May-Win L.; Sedam, Marc C. – Advances in Engineering Education, 2020
Benefits of interdisciplinary student participation in a university's entrepreneurial activities are well known. Still, institutional barriers (structural, temporal, spatial, economic, attitudinal) conspire to block participation. Aided by the NSF's "Pathways to Innovation Program," the authors conducted a field experiment to increase…
Descriptors: Cooperation, Social Networks, Interdisciplinary Approach, Entrepreneurship
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Nagel, Robert; Holland, Keith; Gipson, Kyle; Henriques, Justin; Paterson, Kurt – Advances in Engineering Education, 2020
This paper describes one university's journey through the Pathways to Innovation program. Efforts described herein are based on the premise that an undergraduate experience that effectively fosters innovation and entrepreneurial mindset among engineering students requires the support of an ecosystem of curricular and co-curricular programs. The…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Engineering Education, Entrepreneurship, Innovation
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Matthew, Victoria; Monroe-White, Thema – Advances in Engineering Education, 2020
In this paper, we provide an overview of the Pathways to Innovation Program (Pathways), a faculty development and institutional change initiative designed to address the adaptive challenge of integrating innovation and entrepreneurship (I&E) into undergraduate engineering, nationwide. In particular, we build upon earlier papers that describe…
Descriptors: Innovation, Program Descriptions, Faculty Development, Organizational Change
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Kim, Dayoung; Jesiek, Brent K.; Zoltowski, Carla B.; Loui, Michael C.; Brightman, Andrew O. – Advances in Engineering Education, 2020
In light of both social and ABET expectations, engineering educators need to consider how to effectively infuse engineering ethics education into current engineering curricula. This article describes our initial efforts in that realm. We considered how to improve ethics education in engineering through establishing an academic-industry…
Descriptors: School Business Relationship, Partnerships in Education, Engineering Education, Technical Occupations
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Grohman, Magdalena G.; Gans, Nicholas; Lee, Eun Ah; Tacca, Marco; Brown, Matthew J. – Advances in Engineering Education, 2020
Engineering ethics education typically focuses on decisions by individual engineers and case studies of disasters. This does not reflect the everyday decisions that practicing engineers must make, and neglects the fact that most engineers work on teams rather than alone. The focus on safety and disaster prevention leaves little time for discussing…
Descriptors: Ethics, Engineering Education, Decision Making, Safety
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Laas, Kelly; Miller, Christine; Brey, Eric M.; Taylor, Stephanie; Hildt, Elisabeth – Advances in Engineering Education, 2020
This article describes a National Science Foundation-funded project that engages graduate students in the active development of context-specific codes-of-ethics based guidelines for use in their research group. By actively engaging students in ethics discussions specific to their everyday practice, this approach has the benefit of situating ethics…
Descriptors: Ethics, Engineering Education, Graduate Students, Guidelines
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Hitt, Sarah Jayne; Holles, Cortney E. P.; Lefton, Toni – Advances in Engineering Education, 2020
This article discusses two multidisciplinary courses created at the Colorado School of Mines that were developed to integrate ethics into the first-year engineering curriculum: "Nature and Human Values" (NHV) and "Innovation and Discovery in Engineering, Arts, and Sciences" (IDEAS). In both NHV and IDEAS, our objectives are to…
Descriptors: Design, Ethics, Engineering Education, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Tang, Xiaofeng; Catchmark, Jeffrey M.; Mendieta, Eduardo; Litzinger, Thomas A. – Advances in Engineering Education, 2020
To meet complex ethical challenges in the engineering profession, students need ethics learning experiences that are integrated systematically across the engineering curriculum. Sustaining systematic changes in the engineering curriculum also calls for processes that respect and engage the engineering faculty. This paper reports the work to date…
Descriptors: Ethics, Biology, Engineering Education, Learning Experience
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