Creating an entrepreneurial culture at a startup engineering program

Anthony J. Marchese, John Schmalzel, K. Mark Weaver

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Abstract

In 1992, the College of Engineering at Rowan University was created as the direct result of a $100 million gift from entrepreneur Henry M. Rowan. Mr. Rowan's requirements were that the gift be used to create a high-quality, public undergraduate engineering institution and to impact the economic development of southern New Jersey, a region that has historically lagged behind northern New Jersey. Having started with a clean curriculum slate during a period of national change in engineering curricula in response to ABET 2000, we had the opportunity to infuse an entrepreneurial culture into our engineering program from its inception. Specifically, we have developed a variety of policies/programs including creating an 8-semester engineering clinic sequence, creating an undergraduate venture capital fund and developing the Technology Entrepreneurship Concentration. This paper will describe the impact of these and other related initiatives that have helped create an entrepreneurial culture in our undergraduate students. It should be noted that many of these initiatives do not require a new program or major curriculum reform. Rather, our results suggest that it is possible to start with some small initiatives and build upon each initiative as the momentum for entrepreneurship develops.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2543-2555
Number of pages13
JournalASEE Annual Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - Oct 25 2004
EventASEE 2004 Annual Conference and Exposition, "Engineering Researchs New Heights" - Salt Lake City, UT, United States
Duration: Jun 20 2004Jun 23 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)

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