This book provides engineering faculty members and instructors with a base understanding of why the entrepreneurial mindset is important to engineering students and how it can be taught. It helps advance entrepreneurship education for all engineering students, and equips educators with tools and strategies that allow them to teach the entrepreneurial mindset. Divided into four parts, this book explores what the entrepreneurial mindset is, and why it is important; shows how to get started and integrate the mindset into existing coursework so that curricula can focus on both technical/functional concepts and entrepreneurial ones as well; guides readers through the growing multitude of conferences, journals, networks, and online resources that are available; and provides solid examples to get the reader started. This book is an important resource for engineering educators as they learn how to remain competitive and cutting-edge in a field as fast-moving and dynamic as engineering.
Lisa Bosman, Ph.D. develops and facilitates faculty professional development experiences to incorporate the entrepreneurial mindset into the engineering classroom within the Opus College of Engineering at Marquette University. In addition, Lisa teaches a variety of engineering courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, provides consulting related to the entrepreneurial mindset and best teaching practices, has received numerous grant awards to improve STEM curriculum, and is active within the Milwaukee start-up community. Prior to joining higher education, she worked with Harley-Davidson Motor Company, John Deere, and Oshkosh Corporation (formerly, Oshkosh Truck). Lisa received her Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee.
Stephanie Fernhaber, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship within the Lacy School of Business at Butler University. She teaches a variety of entrepreneurial courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels including The Entrepreneurial Mindset, First-Year Business Experience, Real Business Experience, and Social Entrepreneurship. In addition to teaching, Stephanie conducts research in the areas of international entrepreneurship, networks and new venture strategy. Her background includes a combination of consulting, corporate finance and entrepreneurial initiatives. Stephanie received her Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship from Indiana University.
Introduction.- Part 1. What is the Entrepreneurial Mindset and Why is it so Important for Engineers?.- Defining the Entrepreneurial Mindset.- Why is the Entrepreneurial Mindset Important to Future Engineers?.- Part 2. Integrating the Entreprneneurial Mindset into Existing Engineering Curriculum.- Being Intentional About Incorporating the Entrepreneurial Mindset into Engineering Curriculum.- ABET Student Outcomes and the Entrepreneurial Mindset.- Part 3. Where Do We Go from Here?.- Integrating the Entrepreneurial Mindset as an Engineering Educator.- Pedagogical and Professional Development Resources.- Resistance and Change: Making a Case for the Entrepreneurial Mindset.- Part 4. Example Engineering Curriculum Incorporating the Entrepreneurial Mindset.- Example Engineering Curriculum: Value Creation Projects and Entrepreneurialy-Minded Tools.