Incorporate EML in directed research activities for students!

When: July 26-29, 2022
Where: Virtual

Entrepreneurially Minded Learning (EML) & Student Research aids ​​faculty in designing and building new methods for students to practice an entrepreneurial mindset in the context of research.

The core of this workshop is a sequence of activities for the faculty that could be adapted in your own context. You will develop timelines, sketch/draw, and tell stories.

Each activity could also be modified for a mentoring activity with undergraduate research students.

Registration is closed.

The EML & Student Research Workshop Sequence of Courses

These three courses are completed before, during, and following the July 26-29, 2022 Meetup

  • 1. Quickstart

    The QuickStart course begins your adventure. You can start your journey immediately after registering. In this self-paced online course, you will learn the central ideas of entrepreneurial mindset (EM) and consider how to apply them within your courses and curriculum. The facilitation team has customized your introduction to EM with examples and will ask you to identify a candidate project.

  • 2. Meetup

    Within the Meetup course and portion of the workshop, you will interact (and likely even have some fun) with the facilitation team and other participants. The Meetup for this particular workshop will be virtual! Up to 30 participants will collaborate online from July 26-29, 2022. Learning from each other is always one of the most valuable and memorable parts of any workshop sequence. Individual participants will arrive — and a community will emerge.

  • 3. Press Onward

    Pressing Onward can be transformative. The course includes a series of online meetings with other participants and members of the facilitation team. The ample time between meetings affords an opportunity to develop your ideas and experiment. Get real results as you apply what you learned and share discoveries along the way. When complete, you'll publish a card on to serve as a resource for the community.

3 Key Takeaways:

Everything you learn from the facilitation and coaching team and other participants can be immediately applied to your context and topics of interest.

  • Identify how directed research activities can be used to foster an entrepreneurial mindset for research students, or your own projects.

  • Design and test a variety of techniques for integrating disciplinary research in educational activities, both formally and informally, as well as curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular.

  • Examine how you might take advantage of your institution’s structures and programs.

Transform your teaching, research, or service.

Engineering Unleashed Faculty Development Workshops deliver actionable, adaptable strategies and resources that empower you to create long-lasting value with the entrepreneurial mindset (EM). Expert faculty from top institutions have created these workshops that provide guidance to complete a project while collaborating with faculty from across the nation.


Facilitator & Coach

Heather Dillon

Dr. Heather Dillon is Professor and Chair of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Washington Tacoma, where her research team is currently working on renewable energy systems, solid-state lighting, energy efficiency in buildings, fundamental heat transfer studies and engineering education. She is the Chair of the Council on Undergraduate Research Engineering Division and recently served as the Fulbright Canada Research Chair in STEM Education at the University of Calgary, Alberta. Before joining academia, Heather Dillon worked for the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) as a senior research engineer working on both energy efficiency and renewable energy systems, where she received the US Department of Energy Office of Science Outstanding Mentor Award. During her time at the University of Portland she received the Provost’s Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Research Faculty Member (2017) and the Outstanding Scholarship Award (2020).


Shane Rogers

Shane Rogers is an associate professor of environmental engineering at Clarkson University, owner of an environmental consulting firm, and indie rock artist with the band Bee Children. His research and development programs are driven by an exigency to improve access to life-bearing resources, achieve environmental sustainability, promote social and environmental justice, and develop healthy, vibrant global communities. He has been principal investigator or co-PI on $6M in scientific research, development, and education funding at Clarkson in addition to his work with the U.S. EPA, which has led to new technologies and patents for biosensors, food and water sterilization, nutrient bioextractive aquaculture, and food and farm waste to energy systems. He is an Associate Editor for Renewable Agriculture & Food Systems, a Fulbright Scholar to Norway, and the recipient of the McKee Groundwater Protection, Restoration, and Sustainable Use Medal from the Water Environment Federation, among other recognitions. With a passion for education, Dr. Rogers has been highly active in the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) since 2009, including a recent role on the board of directors. He brings to the workshop experience designing and directing a long-running NSF-REU Site (ASSETs to Serve Humanity), an NSF-S-STEM program (ASPIRE: Academic Success Program to Improve Retention and Education for Underrepresented Students in STEM), immersive field-based programs (River University and the Adirondack Semester), academic year and summer camp programs for high-achieving high school students (MythOlympics and Young Scholars), and agricultural extension programs for farm waste to energy technologies. He also brings 12 years of experience directing international research and sustainable development programs including Clarkson’s Peace Corps Master’s International Program and chapters of Engineers Without Borders and Engineers for a Sustainable World, with water development and food security projects in Ethiopia, Uganda, and Ecuador. Dr. Rogers’ teaching and mentorship recognitions include the ASEE St. Lawrence Section Outstanding Teaching Award, the Clarkson University Student Association Outstanding Teacher Award, Tau Beta Pi Faculty Award, Martin Luther King Jr. Diversity Award, and Phalanx Commendable Leadership Award.


Jenna Carpenter

Dr. Carpenter is Founding Dean and Professor of Engineering at Campbell University and President of the American Society for Engineering Education. She is one of the four winners of the National Academy of Engineering Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Engineering Technology. Her areas of expertise are innovative STEM curricula and success of women in STEM.