Free ticketed event
This is an open session to learn about the I-Corps-L pilot program. Anyone interested in learning about the program is invited to attend. Members of the participating teams, teaching team, and evaluation team will describe the model and share their experiences.
I-Corps for Learning is a pilot initiative of the National Science Foundation and ASEE that seeks to foster an entrepreneurial mind-set among educators, enabling them to promote and gain broad acceptance of their innovative products and approaches. I-Corps-L is modeled on the NSF I-Corps program, which helps research scientists and engineers develop the enterprise skills needed to turn laboratory discoveries into commercial ventures.
I-Corps-L is a highly experiential eight-week program, composed of an introductory three-day workshop, five online sessions, and a closing two-day workshop. Throughout the program, participants engage in customer discovery to gain a deeper understanding of the ecosystem associated with their projects, including potential adopters, collaborators, and users.
Dr. Karl A Smith
Karl Smith is emeritus professor of civil engineering, Morse-Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor, executive co-director of the STEM Education Center, and director of graduate studies in infrastructure systems engineering at the Technological Leadership Institute at the University of Minnesota. He is also Cooperative Learning Professor of Engineering Education in the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University. Dr. Smith has been actively involved in engineering education research and practice for over 40 years and has worked with thousands of faculty all over the world on the pedagogy of engagement, especially cooperative learning, problem-based learning, and constructive controversy. He is a Fellow of ASEE and past chair of the Educational Research and Methods Division. He has written eight books including How to Model It: Problem Solving for the Computer Age; Cooperative Learning: Increasing College Faculty Instructional Productivity; Strategies for Energizing Large Classes: From Small Groups to Learning Communities; and Teamwork and Project Management, Fourth Edition.
Dr. Chris Swan
Chris Swan is an associate professor in the civil and environmental engineering department and currently serves as associate dean of undergraduate curriculum development in the School of Engineering at Tufts University. He has additional appointments in the Department of Education, Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service and Center for Engineering Education and Outreach at Tufts. He has been an active member of ASEE, having served in various officer posts in the Environmental Engineering Division (2003-7) and the Community Engagement Division (2011 – present). His current research interests in engineering education focus on project-based learning and service-based pedagogy. He also does research on the impact of temperature (heating and/or freezing) on engineering properties of soils and on the development of reuse strategies for waste materials.
Dr. Ann F. McKenna
Ann McKenna is chair of the Department of Engineering in the College of Technology and Innovation at Arizona State University (ASU). Prior to joining ASU she served as a program officer at the National Science Foundation in the Division of Undergraduate Education, and was on the faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Segal Design Institute at Northwestern University. Dr. McKenna’s research focuses on understanding the cognitive and social processes of design, design teaching and learning, the role of adaptive expertise in design and innovation, the impact and diffusion of education innovations, and teaching approaches of engineering faculty. Dr. McKenna received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering from Drexel University and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. McKenna also serves as an associate editor of the Journal of Engineering Education.