The workshop exposes engineering educators to the concept of disruptive technologies and how they can be used with engineering students to encourage entrepreneurially minded learning (EML). Currently, the majority of the engineering curriculum focuses on development of sustaining technologies (e.g., improving performance or adding new features to products, whether or not the customer wants them). In contrast, disruptive technologies target low-end customers through products/services that are simpler, more convenient, and often less expensive than competitors. These technologies are also extremely customer-focused, thus providing ideal training for students to develop EML skills such as connecting with customers and creating value. In this workshop, attendees will be exposed to the basic concepts of disruptive technologies, including a hands-on activity in which they explore disruptive innovation. Attendees will also develop ideas for engaging students with disruptive technologies in their own courses, with the goal of walking away with 2-3 ideas they can implement immediately.
Dr. Michael J Rust
Michael J. Rust received his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, in 2003 and 2009, respectively. During his undergraduate training, he worked for Ethicon Endo-Surgery and AtriCure, companies that specialize in the development of novel surgical devices. While completing his doctoral dissertation, Dr. Rust served as an NSF GK-12 Graduate Fellow, which allowed him to develop hands-on engineering activities for high school students. In 2009, he joined the faculty of Western New England University where he currently holds the position of Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering. He teaches undergraduate courses in bioinstrumentation, physiology, lab-on-a-chip, and global health. Dr. Rust has published numerous papers in professional conferences and technical journals, and he is a co-inventor on two US patents. He is a member of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). Dr. Rust’s work has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), American Society for Quality (ASQ), Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN), and the Jenzabar Foundation. His research interests involve the development of point-of-care medical technologies, including bioinstrumentation for use in low-resource settings. Dr. Rust is the co-founder and Chief Technical Officer at New England Breath Technologies, which is developing a non-invasive breathalyzer for monitoring diabetes