Engineering at Florida Gulf Coast University was originally established as the School of Engineering in Fall 2005 and became the U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering (WCE) in August 2011. The WCE is located in Holmes Hall, a building that was specifically designed for student-centered teaching of engineering and computing courses in an active and collaborative learning environment. The College currently offers undergraduate engineering degree programs in Bioengineering, Civil engineering, Environmental engineering, and Software engineering. Fall 2017 the WCE welcomed its inaugural class in a Master of Engineering with emphasis areas in Renewable Energy and Environmental Engineering.
The U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering vision is simple and straightforward. The vision statement is “To provide the best value in high-quality engineering education”.
The KEEN mission of developing engineers with an entrepreneurial mindset has been a core value of the U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering (WCE) since its inception in 2005. The underlying motivation to include entrepreneurship in engineering education was to develop engineers capable of adding value to organizations and society. In addition, the university has recently added entrepreneurship as a pillar of the FGCU strategic plan, further emphasizing the emphasis on an entrepreneurial mindset at FGCU.
Partnership in KEEN is an outstanding opportunity for our young and emerging college. Advancing the entrepreneurial mindset across our engineering programs will produce a new breed of engineering graduates at FGCU. Not only will they be technically sound, but they will have a mindset geared toward innovation, creativity, success, responsibility, and leadership within our society.
--Richard A. Behr, Ph.D., P.E., Professor and Dean, U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering
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In this session Florida Gulf Coast University, James Madison University, Milwaukee School of Engineering, and The Ohio State University share how they are incorporating entrepreneurial mindset (EM) into new courses. Specifically: Steven Harper from JMU will talk about their new Madison Academic Brewery classes and how they have interacted with local craft breweries in piloting new beers; Mark Daugherty from MSOE will talk about working with the 3 Cs in Product Development. After brief presentations, participants will engage in an interactive activity on the Question Formulation Technique (QFT), which can be utilized to stimulate curiosity and hone question formulation ability in undergraduate engineering courses. For information on QFT see the LeBlanc et. al. paper at: https://www.computer.org/csdl/proceedings-article/fie/2017/08190460/12OmNyQ7G6h The activity will also include ideas from Warren Berger's book "A More Beautiful Question" See: https://youtu.be/dey1Rm5gUxw