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ASU Kern Project and Staff

After an award from the Kern Family Foundation in 2016 to further the entrepreneurial mindset in engineering education on a national scale, the ASU Kern Project enthusiastically embraced the opportunity. Working on both a curricular and co-curricular level, the entrepreneurial mindset was integrated into student programming and activities, as well as institutionalized in courses. In addition, a pilot faculty mentorship program was initiated, introducing the entrepreneurial mindset as a teaching approach.

The varying integration approaches have been compiled through the EM@ASU Case Studies collection.This resource outlines twenty-five cases of entrepreneurial mindset integration and is organized in four categories: (1) Curriculum; (2) Engagement; (3) Workshops; and (4) Initiative Life Cycle.

James Collofello

James Collofello

Dr. James (Jim) Collofello is the Principal Investigator on the ASU Kern Grant. He also serves as Vice Dean of Academic and Student Affairs and has held this position since 2006. His teaching and research interests lie in the software engineering area with an emphasis on software project management and software quality assurance.

Lindy Hamilton Mayled

Lindy Hamilton Mayled

Dr. Lindy Hamilton Mayled is the Director of Instructional Effectiveness for FSE and is a key partner on the ASU Kern Grant. She leads faculty workshops on integrating EM into curriculum and shifting Engineering instruction from instructor-centered, information-transmission teaching by lecture, to more student-centered, conceptual-change learning through engagement pedagogies.

Ann McKenna

Ann McKenna

Dr. Ann McKenna is a Co-Principal Investigator of the ASU Kern Grant. She is also he Vice Dean of Strategic Advancement for the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, and is a professor of engineering in the Polytechnic School, one of the six Fulton Schools. Dr. McKenna’s research focuses on entrepreneurial thinking in the context of engineering faculty mentorship and curricular innovations, design teaching and learning, the role of adaptive expertise in design and innovation, and the impact and diffusion of education innovations.

Amy Trowbridge

Amy Trowbridge

Amy Trowbridge is a Lecturer Sr. and Director of the Grand Challenges Scholars Program (GCSP) in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. She works closely with the ASU Kern Grant team on GCSP toolkit initiatives. Her teaching focuses primarily on first year engineering students, and she is interested in curricular and co-curricular experiences that broaden students’ perspectives and enhance student learning.

Brent Sebold

Brent Sebold

Dr. Brent Sebold is a key partner on the ASU Kern Grant. He also serves as the Director of Entrepreneurship + Innovation @ the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. In this role, Brent leads a variety of enterprise-wide startup support initiatives for student, faculty, and community-based entrepreneurs.

Gary Lichtenstein

Gary Lichtenstein

As Director of EM@FSE Program Effectiveness, Dr. Gary Lichtenstein works with curricular and co-curricular leaders throughout the Fulton Schools of Engineering to align the of goals, strategies, outcomes, and assessments related to the ASU Kern Grant for institutionalizing entrepreneurial mindset at FSE. Dr. Lichtenstein’s academic understanding of entrepreneurial mindset is supported by his experience as a social entrepreneur and as founder and principal of a research and evaluation consulting firm for over 20 years.

Kristen Peña

Kristen Peña

Kristen Peña is the ASU Kern Grant Program Coordinator, Sr. and works closely with the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, Undergraduate Student Engagement office, and the UOEEE. She manages several programs and events especially related to student engagement and institutionalization, including: KEEN student grants, KEEN Entrepreneurial Catalysts, Grand Challenges Speaker Series, Entrepreneurial Experience, Robots That Matter, and several other workshops.

Layla Reitmeier

Layla Reitmeier

Layla Reitmeier is the Project Manager of the ASU Kern Grant. She works closely and collaboratively with the project leadership, team and colleagues to devise strategies for the timely delivery of grant outcomes, and tracks project’s goals, activities and budget.

Shelli Wright

Shelli Wright

Shelli Wright is ASU Kern Grant Administrative Assistant, coordinating all non-payroll financial transactions for staff, faculty, workshop participants, consultants and service providers. She supports the KEEN Student Mini-Grants/KEEN Student Research Grants processing purchase requests, and reviews travel requests to ensure sponsored guidelines are adhered. Shelli develops the project’s promotional items strategy, connecting with vendors, recommending expenditures and maintaining inventory. She assists the faculty EM workshops development in scheduling, reserving rooms and arranging catering.

For information or questions about the ASU Kern Project, please contact the Project Manager, Layla Reitmeier.

The ASU Kern Project partners with the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN) to integrate the entrepreneurial mindset in engineering education on a national scale. Funded by The Kern Family Foundation, the project aims to: (1) develop a set of resources that support mentorship of engineering faculty in building a community of practice that values quality teaching, impactful research, and instilling a collaborative and entrepreneurial mindset; and (2) impact ASU engineering students through curricular and co-curricular approaches by weaving the entrepreneurial mindset into courses and student engagement activities.

KEEN Student Funding Opportunities

KEEN Student Mini-Grants and Research Grants provide funding to students who incorporate an entrepreneurial minded approach in their research, project, or event.

Entrepreneurial Catalysts (EC’s)

The Entrepreneurial Catalysts provide coaching on incorporating  the Entrepreneurial Mindset/3C’s into the project design and ideation process, and related technical advice on the maker space environment and equipment.

EM@ASU

Twenty-five case studies that tell the story of FSE’s multi-year initiative to more fully and deeply integrate Entrepreneurial Mindset (EM) throughout its core, co-, and extra-curricular programs.