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The Entrepreneurial Mindset (EM)

What’s the Engineering Unleashed mission?

Engineering Unleashed aims to graduate engineers with an entrepreneurial mindset so they can create personal, economic, and societal value through a lifetime of meaningful work.

What’s the entrepreneurial mindset?

An entrepreneurial mindset empowers you to question, adapt, think differently, and make positive change. It consists of three key elements - the 3Cs: 

How does entrepreneurially minded learning align with ABET?

Network partners highlighting their KEEN work to embed both mindset and skillset outcomes in engineering courses consistently receive positive feedback from ABET accreditors.

What is entrepreneurially minded learning (EML)?

Entrepreneurially Minded Learning (EML) is an emergent pedagogy that emphasizes discovery, opportunity identification, and value creation. It is a teaching method that can be applied to all areas of study and is being developed by hundreds of faculty members at colleges and universities across the country.

Why couple entrepreneurial mindset to engineering?

Every time a job is added in the innovation sector, five more jobs of various types are created. The innovation sector includes engineers and scientists who create technically-enabled, tradable goods. It is an astonishing and unequaled job-multiplier. 

At the heart of this 5x-engine are entrepreneurially minded individuals. It is why KEEN’s mission is to champion an entrepreneurial mindset within engineering graduates. Learn more in this video.

Why should I teach my students to be entrepreneurially minded?

By purposefully including mindset outcomes in curricular and extracurricular activities, you are able to influence success in the same way you do when defining engineering skills outcomes in courses.

How can I start integrating entrepreneurial mindset in my courses?

The good news is that you don’t have to throw anything out or recreate your entire course! There are hundreds of cards that can help you get started.

What is KEEN?

What does KEEN stand for?

KEEN is an acronym for the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network. Learn more here.

What is KEEN's Mission?

Engineering Unleashed provides a community for any faculty and staff interested in providing the rising generation of engineers with an entrepreneurial mindset.

KEEN provides a laboratory for institutions to innovate and showcase best practices for engineering education.

Together, these two brands will transform engineering education. The mission is the same: to graduate engineers with an entrepreneurial mindset so they can create personal, economic, and societal value through a lifetime of meaningful work.

How long has KEEN existed?

KEEN was founded in 2005.

What does KEEN Partnership mean?

KEEN partners agree to advance entrepreneurially minded learning – curiosity, connections, and creating value – for 100% engineering undergraduate students.

Do you need to be a KEEN partner to attend the KEEN National Conference?

No! All engineering faculty are invited to attend the KEEN National Conference.

Which colleges and universities are KEEN partners?

KEEN is made up of a diverse group of engineering colleges and universities.

How can I participate in KEEN?

First and foremost, engineering faculty are encouraged to join our online community to connect, share, and collaborate with peers.

In order to be considered a member of KEEN, you must be an engineering faculty member employed by a KEEN partner institution. Even if your school is not a KEEN partner, there are still numerous meetings, webinars, events, and faculty development opportunities happening throughout the year that you can attend.

Is there a mailing list?

To join our mailing list, you must first join the community. By doing this, you can specify the types and frequency of emails you wish to receive.

What is KEEN’s relationship with The Kern Family Foundation?

After recognizing the importance of the entrepreneurial mindset for engineers and the need for it to be integrated in engineering education, The Kern Family Foundation created KEEN.

Membership Questions

Who can join the community?

The Engineering Unleashed community is open to anyone trying to impact engineering education. While our focus is primarily on undergraduate engineering faculty, we welcome members of industry, K12, and other groups who are part of the engineering ecosystem. The only exception is students, who are not permitted to join the community.

Can students join the community?

Students are not permitted to be members of Engineering Unleashed. This allows faculty and staff to have an open community where they can share resources and ideas that students can benefit without fear that they are tipping answers or opening the door for cheating.

What are the benefits of joining?

As a member, you’ll have unlimited access to lesson plans, presentations, student artifacts, webinars, and more from engineering faculty and staff across the nation. You’ll be able to share your own plans and projects. And you can collaborate in the forums and other community spaces. Here are some of our community resources.

Is there a cost to join?

There is no cost. Membership is free. Join today!

Membership Tools

How do I find other members?

As a community member, you'll be able to search for other members using the search tool in the top navigation. Select "Members" to find people. 

In the Collaborate menu at the top, you can also check out Member Highlights. And you can browse through forums, cards, and groups to find conversations and collaboration from members.

How do I collaborate with others?

There are many ways and opportunities to collaborate. You can create and share content in cards, contribute in the forums, enroll in a faculty development workshop, and join groups.

How do members share content?

You can upload or link to a variety of content, such as lesson plans, student artifacts, presentations, and videos, within forums, groups, and cards.

What are cards?

Cards are flexible containers for content. They allow community members to provide context to resources they upload and share. They also allow community members to access and leverage what other faculty are doing so that they don’t have to start from square one when trying to implement entrepreneurially minded learning.

Learn more about cards here.

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