The Network

KEEN is a network of thousands of engineering faculty just like you, working to unleash undergraduate engineers so that they can create personal, economic, and societal value through the entrepreneurial mindset. Whether you attend a conference, visit a partner institution, or join our online community, you will find innovative thought leaders willing to share tools and collaborate to help you transform your teaching and your institution.

You will find KEEN faculty presenting and delivering keynotes at engineering conferences across the United States, developing and retooling curriculum, writing papers and publishing in journals, researching new methods to track and assess mindset change in students, and participating in numerous faculty development opportunities in order to be better equipped to be agents of change. At the heart of all this work is a dedication to make entrepreneurial minded learning commonplace in engineering education so that one day “entrepreneurial engineering” is simply referred to as engineering.

A KEEN Elevator Pitch — Ed Dougherty
Ed Dougherty, Assistant Professor at Villanova University, shares the "What" "So What" and "Now What" about the value and benefit of being part of KEEN.
Partners

The partners in KEEN are diverse. They include institutions like Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Arizona State University, Villanova University, and Olin College of Engineering – all of which have committed to instilling the entrepreneurial mindset in 100% of their engineering students. By championing the entrepreneurial mindset, KEEN partners graduate students better equipped to solve today’s grand challenges and build a better world of tomorrow.

KEEN partners are leading the charge in engineering education reform. For example, by focusing on inclusion, KEEN gives institutions the ability to share, learn from, and modify best practices. Partners also host trainings and meetings, both for the benefit of the Network, and to influence the broader engineering ecosystem. And because of the commitment of presidents, provosts, and deans, faculty at partner schools are afforded the freedom to be agents of change on campuses and in classrooms.

One Mission. 33 Institutions.

The work that KEEN is doing within colleges and universities continues to be on the cutting edge of innovation in engineering education. This model of partnership and collaboration looks different across the country, allowing universities flexibility to define how they live into the mission.

  • Marquette University focuses on KEEN-centric faculty development to help instructors share ideas and collaborate on effect entrepreneurially minded learning strategies across disciplines

  • Santa Clara University’s bite-sized, one-unit courses have proved to be a great way to build entrepreneurially minded learning in tight student course loads

Engineering Unleashed.

If you believe it is critical to equip engineers with a technical skillset and an entrepreneurial mindset – fostering curiosity, connections, and the creation of value – then you are part of Engineering Unleashed! This tagline is the rallying cry for a movement that transcends academia and industry to revolutionize engineering education for the benefit of society.

Examples of the movement in action are wide-ranging. Start-ups and Fortune 500 companies are rethinking partnerships with universities to create intrapreneurial co-ops and internships. Students are forming organizations that improve campus life for other students and solve society’s grand challenges. College boards are adopting entrepreneurially minded principles in strategic plans to shape the direction of the entire institution. You can see that there is no facet of society that the engineering unleashed movement could not impact and improve.

Be sure to use #EngineeringUnleashed to share how you are shaping and transforming engineering in higher education, K-12 education, industry, or in any other context that showcases this shift in mindset.

“Being part of the Network gives us access to great minds and best practices across a wide set of institutions. It’s helped us to think differently about the way we educate students at Santa Clara.”
— Dennis Jacobs, Provost, Santa Clara University
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