INCORPORATING GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP COURSES INTO AN ENGINEERING CURRICULUM
Walter Bradley, Anne Grinols, Glenn Blalock, William Jordan, Greg Leman, and Cindy Fry, Baylor University
It is widely recognized that engineering students need to know more about business practices, entrepreneurship, and the global economy. Unfortunately, engineering curriculums cannot accommodate such classes due to engineering accreditation and university core requirements. A new, two-course sequence is being developed at Baylor that will integrate engineering economics and business communications with entrepreneurship, replacing traditional courses in engineering economics and technical writing. The first course will integrate technical writing, professional speaking and engineering economics to provide a rich, synergistic learning experience. The principles learned in the first class are further developed in the sequel course on technical entrepreneurship. The technical entrepreneurship class will develop principles of entrepreneurship in a global economy and will include developing technology-based business plans for industrial firms, allowing students to apply in a real-world situation what they have previously learned about technical communications and engineering economics.