Frequently Asked Questions

Below you'll find answers to questions we get asked the most 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 today! The community is full of resources shared by instructors around the nation. Start small with a 5 minute activity for your existing class or go deeper with a full class period or lab. Get started here

What is KEEN?

What does KEEN stand for?

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. Learn more here.

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 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 emails or institutions (or both)?

You can edit your profile any time to change details such as institution, email, publications, picture, and more.

Membership Tools

Cards: Published content

An Engineering Unleashed "card" is an online template for faculty and staff to publish activities, labs, and classes focused on integrating EM. 

Members have access to the full library of content. You'll get syllabi, instructor tips, student artifacts, presentations, and strategies to adapt their content to your own context. You'll also find book club ideas, ideas for embedding EM on your campus, conference presentations, and more. 

And as an Engineering Unleashed member, you can publish your own cards to share resources with others.

Members: Access to the community

Learning: Workshops, courses, and modules

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

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.

Still have questions?