BME Innovating Curriculum with Entrepreneurial-Mindset (ICE) Workshop – 03/27/2015

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Lawrence Tech and Bucknell hosted a workshop on innovative curriculum with entrepreneurial-mindset (ICE) on 03/27/2015. With attendance from more than 20 faculty from 9 different KEEN network institutions, the event was a huge success. The workshop attendees explored ideas and shared their experience on how entrepreneurial minded learning can be embedded into the biomedical curriculum.

The workshop included a keynote presentation from Dr. Jack Linehan who is a professor of Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University. He also serves as the consulting professor of Bioengineering at Stanford University, and Advisor to BioInnovate Ireland, NUI-Galway. He was a past Vice President of the Whitaker Foundation and is a fellow and past President of the Biomedical Engineering Society and past president of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. In 2006, Dr. Linehan was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

The medical device design process has many restrictions and challenges, according to Joseph Tranquillo, Associate Professor at Bucknell University. Learning to create opportunities does not come naturally. It comes through experience. Biomedical engineering programs need to teach students how to address these challenges.

Dr. Linehan’s experiences with BMEIdea, Bioinnovate and Enterprise Ireland and other medical technology innovation programs have emphasized training entrepreneurs to define a needs statement that focuses on the goal, not the problem. The alternative is “luckovation” and hoping that the product development solution matches someone’s need.

The formal approaches to entrepreneurial mindset (Creativity, Curiosity and Creating Value) are implemented though engineering skills that were highlighted by Steve Hasbrook, Program Director from KEEN. He also supported the idea that industry wants to hire “T-shaped” engineers who have a deep technical foundation, but with broad communication and collaboration abilities.

In addition to the common themes presented at the workshop, Donald Carpenter, Professor and Co-PI of Lawrence Tech’s KEEN Institutional Grant described how entrepreneurship is being embedded throughout the College of Engineering and the University. Specific to the Biomedical Engineering curriculum, Eric Meyer, Assistant Professor presented how a KEEN Topical grant supported entrepreneurship modules based on the “Quantified Self” theme that were embedded into core classes and Mansoor Nasir, Assistant Professor described some of the challenges in creating capstone project opportunities for seniors.

There were many additional distinguished faculty from KEEN Universities that presented, including; Jay Goldberg, Professor at Marquette University and Michael Rust, Associate Professor at Western New England who discussed specific courses that they have developed, as well as Glenn Gaudette, Associate Professor at Worchester Polytechnic, Jennifer Currey, Assistant Professor at Union, and Patrick Atkinson, Professor at Kettering who discussed strategies for involving clinicians in biomedical engineering projects.

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In pictures: From top left Dr. Patrick Atkinson (Kettering University), Dr. Glenn Gaudette (WPI), Dr. Jennifer Currey (Union College), Dr. Eric Meyer (BME – LTU), Dr. Mansoor Nasir (BME – LTU), Dr. Mehrdad Zadeh (Kettering), Dr. Ben Kelley (Baylor University)

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