ASU Kern Grant
ASU Kern Project and Staff
After an award from the Kern Family Foundation in 2016 to further the entrepreneurial mindset in engineering education on a national scale, the ASU Kern Project enthusiastically embraced the opportunity. Working on both a curricular and co-curricular level, the entrepreneurial mindset was integrated into student programming and activities, as well as institutionalized in courses. In addition, a pilot faculty mentorship program was initiated, introducing the entrepreneurial mindset as a teaching approach.
The varying integration approaches have been compiled through the EM @ ASU Case Studies collection.This resource outlines twenty-five cases of entrepreneurial mindset integration and is organized in four categories: (1) Curriculum; (2) Engagement; (3) Workshops; and (4) Initiative Life Cycle.
Dr. Ann McKenna is the Principal Investigator of the ASU Kern Grant. She is also a Professor and Director of the Polytechnic School in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University (ASU). Dr. McKenna’s research focuses on understanding the cognitive and social processes of design, design teaching and learning, the role of adaptive expertise in design and innovation, the impact and diffusion of education innovations, and teaching approaches of engineering faculty.
Dr. James (Jim) Collofello is a Co-Principal Investigator on the ASU Kern Grant. He also serves as Vice Dean of Academic and Student Affairs and has held this position since 2006. His teaching and research interests lie in the software engineering area with an emphasis on software project management and software quality assurance.
Dr. Brent Sebold is a Co-Principal Investigator on the ASU Kern Grant. He also serves as the Director of Entrepreneurship + Innovation @ the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. In this role, Brent leads a variety of enterprise-wide startup support initiatives for student, faculty, and community-based entrepreneurs.
Dr. Gary Lichtenstein is Assistant Research Scientist on the ASU Kern Grant. He evaluates the grant implementation throughout the university. Working with faculty, staff, students, and the University Office of Evaluation and Education Effectiveness (UOEEE), he leads program evaluation and assessment efforts related to the entrepreneurial mindset initiative.
Layla Reitmeier is the Project Manager of the ASU Kern Grant. She works closely and collaboratively with the project leadership, team and colleagues to devise strategies for the timely delivery of grant outcomes, and tracks project’s goals, activities and budget.
Cindy Gallaway is the Administrative Assistant for the ASU Kern Grant. She provides business support, processing invoices, ordering supplies and materials, engaging service providers, providing guidance on travel, and monitoring budgets. Cindy purchases and organizes the project’s promotional items and ensures correct branding.
Kristen Peña is the ASU Kern Grant Program Coordinator and works closely with the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, Undergraduate Student Engagement office, and the UOEEE. She oversees student engagement daily operations, and coordinates activities of the KEEN Student Mini-Grants, KEEN Student Research Grants and the Entrepreneurial Catalysts.
The ASU Kern Project partners with the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN) to integrate the entrepreneurial mindset in engineering education on a national scale. Funded by The Kern Family Foundation, the project aims to: (1) develop a set of resources that support mentorship of engineering faculty in building a community of practice that values quality teaching, impactful research, and instilling a collaborative and entrepreneurial mindset; and (2) impact ASU engineering students through curricular and co-curricular approaches by weaving the entrepreneurial mindset into courses and student engagement activities.
KEEN Student Mini-Grants and Research Grants provide funding to students who incorporate an entrepreneurial minded approach in their research, project, or event.
The Entrepreneurial Catalysts provide coaching on incorporating the Entrepreneurial Mindset/3C’s into the project design and ideation process, and related technical advice on the maker space environment and equipment.