Four professors from the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering were named Kern Faculty Fellows for 2012-13 and will receive $2500 to help develop an entrepreneurial mindset among Boston University engineering undergraduates.
With their award money, Professors Selim Ünlü, Christos Cassandras, Mark Horenstein, and Ari Trachtenberg will design cases, lectures, modules, and projects in their current courses that will underscore both the innovation process and business mindset. Trachtenberg, for example, plans to introduce mobile application development into the course, EC327: Introduction to Software Design.
“This will allow students to not only design and code their apps but also submit them to online markets – like the Android market – to see how they are received by the public,” said Trachtenberg.
The Kern Faculty Fellows program is part of a more than three-quarters of a million dollars grant awarded to the College of Engineering from the Kern Family Foundation. The award aims to expand efforts to encourage entrepreneurial thinking among undergraduates that can help them use their technical skills to impact society.
In a letter to award recipients, Kenneth R. Lutchen, Dean of the College of Engineering, and Donald Wroblewski, Associate Dean for Educational Initiatives, wrote: “Importantly, the intent is not to insure or suggest that all engineering students aspire to become an entrepreneur. Rather, the goal is to instill a mindset of entrepreneurial approaches to challenges.”
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