Frequently Asked Questions


Find answers to your questions about the entrepreneurial mindset and our community.

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The Entrepreneurial Mindset (EM)

What is the entrepreneurial mindset?

An entrepreneurial mindset - abbreviated as EM - empowers you to question, adapt, think differently, and make positive change. 

EM consists of three key elements known as the 3Cs: 

What is entrepreneurially minded learning?

Entrepreneurially minded learning - abbreviated as 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 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.

How can I start integrating entrepreneurial mindset in my courses?

Start with the Introduction to EM in 15 Minutes. Then head to our Resources page for class activities, workshops, guidelines, and more.

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What is KEEN?

What do the letters "KEEN" mean?

KEEN is an acronym for the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network.

What does KEEN do?

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

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What is a card?

An Engineering Unleashed "card" is an online template where members publish activities, labs, and classes focused on integrating EM. 

Members have access to the full library of content! Whether you're looking for a 5-minute insertable activity or a full set of courses, you'll get presentations, instructor tips, student artifacts, and strategies. You'll also find book club ideas, ideas for embedding EM on your campus, conference presentations, and much more. 

Plus, as an Engineering Unleashed member, you can publish your own activities to share with others.

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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 activities, lesson plans, student artifacts, webinars, and more from engineering faculty, staff, and administrators across the nation. 

You'll also be able to:

Is there a cost to join?

There is no cost to be an Engineering Unleashed member.

How do I join the community?

Click here to join today!

What if I change institutions? Do I need to create a new profile?

You can keep your existing profile! Just update it with your new institution, email, publications, picture, or anything else. Your password will remain the same.

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Faculty Development

Learning: Workshops, courses, and modules

There is a variety of learning opportunities ready for you to explore, year-round.

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Events & Conferences

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

No. All persons who impact undergraduate engineering students are invited to attend the KEEN National Conference.

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