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Curricular Models

Curricular Models are in-depth descriptions of NCIIA-supported course and program development projects.

Listed below are the currently highlighted models. Use the search to find curricular models not listed on this page.


Pennsylvania State University - E-SHIP Venture Fund and Competitions

In spring of 2001, Penn State initiated an Engineering Entrepreneurship (E-SHIP) minor. Designed for undergraduate students majoring in engineering, information sciences, and business, the minor focuses on enhancing the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to become entrepreneurs. Several student-run businesses have already been generated in the minor, and program director Liz Kisenwether believes more are to come. >>

Vanderbilt University - Design of Biomedical Systems and Devices I and II

In 2001, NCIIA supported the integration of E-Teams into the two-semester capstone senior design course in biomedical engineering at Vanderbilt. After the lecture portion of the class, students form into E-Teams and choose a project from a list generated by Vanderbilt faculty and staff and industrial sources. The teams work on the project for the rest of the course, and in the end make a poster presentation and turn in a final term paper. Course designer Dr. Paul King and other Vanderbilt engineering faculty are spearheading efforts to make the teams interdisciplinary, and the future of the course is bright. >>

University of Rhode Island - Assistive Technology Devices

In 2002, NCIIA supported the creation of Assistive Technology Devices, a two-semester course at the University of Rhode Island. Within the course, interdisciplinary teams of engineering and business students create a novel assistive technology device aimed at the community abroad. Teams work through the entrepreneurial process of product design and commercialization and present the results to a group of businessmen and engineering alumni. The course has impressed faculty around campus, and URI is soon to offer a university-wide course based on the sequence. >>

Georgia Institute of Technology - An Integrated Approach to Technological Innovation

In 2001, NCIIA supported a collaborative program between the Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University called Technological Innovation: Generating Economic Results (TI: GER). In the program, science and engineering graduate students, MBAs, and law students form multidisciplinary E-Teams whose goal is the commercialization of the science students' research. The pilot was successful, and the course continues to grow in size and popularity. >>

University of Colorado at Boulder - Creating Appropriate Technologies for the Developing World

In 2002, NCIIA funding supported development of the Center for Appropriate and Sustainable Technology (CAST) at UC Boulder. Two courses were modified using NCIIA funds: Engineering Projects and Sustainability and the Built Environment. In the courses students learn the basics of sustainability and create novel devices to combat water, sanitation, energy and health problems in developing communities. CAST is firmly established at UC, but according to program creator Dr. Bernard Amadei, there is much work to be done. >>


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