ASU KEEN Professorships

Congratulations to all KEEN Professorship Awardees

As part of the first two years of the ASU Kern Project, KEEN Professorship awards provided up to $12k in mini-grants to Fulton faculty members who aimed to develop, implement, and disseminate Entrepreneurial Mindset (EM) content within their courses, programs, or labs. While the project is no longer funding this initiative, we would like to honor the recipients of these awards and continue to feature them on this webpage. Congratulations and thank you to all our 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”

Spring 2018

  • 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”


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.

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

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.