Developing and assessing students' entrepreneurial skills and mind-set

Sven G. Bilén, Elizabeth C. Kisenwether, Sarah E. Rzasa, John C. Wise

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A primary goal of The Pennsylvania State University's new Engineering Entrepreneurship (E-SHIP) Minor is to build students' life skills so they can succeed within innovative, product-focused, cross-disciplinary teams. The E-SHIP Minor is designed for undergraduate students majoring in engineering, business, or IST (Information Sciences and Technology) who aspire to be innovation leaders for new technology-based products and companies. This paper outlines five E-SHIP program components to meet this mission: the core courses for the minor, E-SHIP competitions in which students exhibit their products and ideas, the E-SHIP Event Series, student organizations to support out-of-classroom entrepreneurial interest, and team projects for local industry and Penn State researchers. Penn State's engineering entrepreneurship program is reviewed, summarizing both quantitative and qualitative assessment data to date, previewing future assessment plans, and providing a summary of lessons learned during the development and implementation of this program.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)233-243
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Engineering Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Engineering(all)


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