Engineering | Entrepreneurship + Innovation


Congratulations Spring 2018 Awardees

The ASU Kern Project is pleased to announce the KEEN Professorship awardees for Spring 2018 Semester. The following recipients were selected from a very competitive application pool. Congratulations awardees!

  • Jean Andino, “Engaging the Entrepreneurial Mindset in Solar-Powered Cooling Applications for Resiliency”
  • Daniel Aukes, “Improving Research and Entrepreneurial Capacity in Foldable Robotics”
  • Michael Caplan, “Can MAUDE Help BME Students be more Curious about Creating Value with Transport Phenomena?”
  • Brooke Coley, “Empowered to Include: A Pedagogical Innovation Applying Entrepreneurial Thinking to Address Inequities in Engineering”
  • Jerry Coursen, “Bootstrapping the Alpha Prototyping Process”
  • Mark Henderson and Laura Hosman, “Institutionalizing the 3C’s in GlobalResolve Humanitarian Engineering Projects”
  • Dijiang Huang, “Building Entrepreneurial Mindset in Cyber Security Courses”
  • Sohum Sohoni and Shawn Jordan, “Putting Entrepreneurship into Embedded Systems: A Project-Based Approach”
  • Jeremi London, “Linking Statistics and Entrepreneurship Through Data-driven Decision Making”
  • Hamidreza Marvi, “Bio-inspired Ideas for Addressing Semi-Conductor Industry Needs”
  • Thaddeus Miller, “Utilizing the 3C’s to Generate Entrepreneurial Smart Cities Research and Education”
  • Jit Muthuswamy, “Transforming BME 370 – from “Term-Projects” to “Product Development” Using Microcontroller-Based Concepts in Biomedical Engineering”
  • Panagiotis Polygerinos, “Supporting Entrepreneurship Through a Hands-on Mechatronics Device Innovation Course”
  • Dean Bacalzo and Sangram Redkar, “Incorporating Entrepreneurial Mindset (EM) and 3C’s in Mechanical Engineering Systems Course”
  • Yi Ren, “Preparing the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs with Acute Engineering Intuitions and System Design Thinking”
  • Karl Schultz, “Application of the Entrepreneurial Mindset to Bio-Mimicry of 3D Printed Heat Exchangers and Structures”
  • Kenan Song, “Inclusion of Entrepreneurial Mindset in Additive Manufacturing Education and Research”
  • Jeffrey Wishart, “Incorporating an Entrepreneurial Mindset in a Group Project-Based Course Supporting the ASU SAE Baja Program”
  • Wenlong Zhang, “Integrating Entrepreneurial Mindset into Mini-Labs for Math-Intensive Undergraduate Engineering Courses” 

The KEEN Professorship provides up to $12K in mini-grants to Fulton faculty members who aim to develop, implement and disseminate Entrepreneurial Mindset (EM) content within their courses, programs, or labs. The Spring 2018 KEEN Professorships are the forth cohort of awarded faculty.


Past Awardees

Fall 2016

  • Casey Ankeny, “Implementing the Entrepreneurial Mindset in an Introductory Biomedical Engineering Laboratory Course”
  • Michael Caplan, “Development and Assessment of Curiosity, Connections, and Creating Value Mindsets in BME282 and BME417”
  • Kenneth Mulligan, “How to Hustle like 50 Cent. Fueling Problem Solving and Value Creation through the Entrepreneurial Mindset”
  • Kelvin Ning, “Medical Device Case Studies”

Spring 2017

  • Shankar Ramakrishnan, Micah Lande, and Deana Delp, “Vertical Integration of the Freshman Experience to Instill Entrepreneurial Mindset”
  • Laura Hosman, “Embedding the 3C’s into Humanitarian Engineering Projects”
  • Dijiang Huang, “Incorporating Entrepreneurial Mindset into Computer Network Security Courses”
  • Jeffrey La Belle, “Treatment of Ahistorical Approach in Subject Based Learning via Introduction of the 3C’s”
  • Micah Lande, “Scaling a Graduate Engineering Entrepreneurship, Design and Innovation Project Course with Online Community Tools and Scaffolded Prototyping Milestones”
  • Jeremi London, “Project-based Learning as a Mechanism for Cultivating an Entrepreneurial Mindset in an Undergraduate
    Engineering Statistics Course”
  • Rod Roscoe, “Rethinking Our Relationships to Educational Technology: The Entrepreneurial Mindset in Designing for Learning”
  • Yezhou Yang, “Inspiring the Entrepreneurial Desire in a Perception and Robotics Course”

Fall 2017

  • Samantha Brunhaver and Adam Carberry, “Embedding Entrepreneurial Mindset into a Use-Inspired Design Course”
  • Scotty Craig, “Integrating The 3C’s into Research Training: Facilitating the Entrepreneurial Mindset by Applying Research
    Methods Skills to Real World Problem Solving”
  • Laura Hosman, “SolarSPELL Spin-off Projects – SolarSENSE, SolarChill, SolarLAB, and ASU Prep STEM Build Day Support”
  • Hamidreza Marvi, “Bio-Inspired Robotics for Addressing Local Industry Needs”
  • Shankar Ramakrishnan, “Solving Engineering Grand Challenges: Using Entrepreneurial Mindset to Tackle Global Challenges Using Local Solutions”
  • Yezhou Yang, “Mini TED talk series from practitioners of Computer Vision and Robotics Startups”
  • Wenlong Zhang, “Incorporating Entrepreneurial Mindset into Mixed-Style Learning for Math-intensive Engineering Courses”



In a dynamic and interconnected world, it is critical for the Fulton Schools to teach a technical skill set along with an entrepreneurial mindset. The entrepreneurial mindset is a problem-solving approach that begins with curiosity about our changing world, connecting information from various resources to gain insight, and identifying unexpected opportunities to create value. To advance this goal, ASU is a partner in the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN), a collaboration of hundreds of engineering faculty educating engineers with an entrepreneurial mindset so they can create personal, economic, and societal value through a lifetime of meaningful work.

To learn more about how you, ASU, and KEEN may collaborate to fundamentally change the landscape of engineering education, vis-a-vis implementation of EM and 3C content within your areas of influence, please review the following resources prior to submitting a mini-grant proposal:

Mini-Grant Goals

The key objectives related to the possible use of mini-grant funds include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Create curriculum innovations that embed aspects of the 3C’s
  • Educate students and fellow faculty about EM and the 3C’s
  • Integrate 3C’s into advancing research
  • Demonstrate the EM and the 3C’s in the prototype development process
  • Provide additional Service Activity opportunities, including outreach activities, engagement with student groups, etc.
  • Advance Co-curricular offerings


KEEN Professorship recipients will receive funding, support and recognition as a leader within the cutting-edge realm of engineering Entrepreneurial Mindset education. KEEN Professors and their initiatives will be featured on the KEEN Professorship web page throughout the grant period and beyond.


The KEEN Professorship is open to all Fulton faculty, including tenured, tenure-track, lecturers, and adjunct instructors.

How To Apply

Proposal applications need to clearly communicate how the proposed work will advance EM and the 3C’s within ASU and/or with external partners. Preference will be given to proposals that leverage and connect to other initiatives related to entrepreneurial thinking, advancing educational innovations, or having impact at scale.

The proposal application includes:

  • Name(s) of investigators and title of project.
  • A brief description of the proposed project.
  • Details of who would be involved in the project and who the project intends to impact.
  • A brief explanation of how the work embeds the entrepreneurial mindset and the 3C’s, and why it is of benefit.
  • A clear description of the number and type of individuals the work will impact.
  • A basic budget of anticipated expenses.

Proposal application component templates: Narrative Template, Budget Template

Proposals may request up to $12K in funds, but may not be used to support tuition costs. Proposal submissions are limited to 4 pages, including the budget. More information on submission deadlines for future semesters to come soon.

Spring 2018 Timeline 

  • April 27, 2018 – Spring Semester ends / Implementation ends

Please contact Layla Reitmeier at with any questions that you may have about this opportunity.

Upcoming Events

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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

ASU Kern Grant Team

Learn about ASU faculty and staff who are committed to integrating the Entrepreneurial Mindset in engineering education.