Transform your IAB into an Industrial Partnership Board as you integrate EM into your academic programs!

When: July 29 - August 1, 2024
Where: Albuquerque, NM

Industry Advisory Boards (IABs) are often underutilized by academic programs, and advisory board members often wish to contribute more than they currently do. IAB members’ contributions are often in the form of advice, but they, along with the academic program, seek a true partnership – thus we seek to transform IABs into Industrial Partnership Boards.

Project Unlock: Leveraging IABs to Infuse EM (PULIAB) will teach you how to leverage industry expertise and experiences to integrate entrepreneurial mindset (EM) into your academic programs in a meaningful and authentic manner. You will learn how the Project Unlock method builds trust and the ability to co-create between industry and academia. By transforming your IAB into an Industrial Partnership Boards, you will continue to see benefits for years to come.

Who Should Attend: Deans, Associate Deans, Department chairs, Faculty leaders

Registration Opens: February 8, 2024

Registration Closes: April 5, 2024

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.

  • Develop an understanding of EM in the context of industry engagement.

  • Tailor the Project Unlock method to their institution or program in order to create a true partnership with their external constituents.

  • Plan and execute a Project Unlock session with their IAB.

Registration Countdown

Register for PULIAB before before registration closes on April 5, 2024!

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Workshop Phases

Each EUFD National workshop consists of three distinct phases, the Quickstart, Meetup, and Press Onward, over the course of a year.

  • 1. QuickStart

    The QuickStart course begins your adventure. You can start your journey immediately after registering. In this self-paced online course, you will begin learning the central ideas of the workshop and how they apply the entrepreneurial mindset (EM). The facilitation team has customized your introduction to the workshops topics and will ask you to identify a candidate project.

  • 2. Meetup

    Within the Meetup course and event, you will interact (and likely even have some fun) with the facilitation team and other participants. The Meetup for this particular workshop will be in-person! Up to thirty participants will meet in Albuquerque, NM from July 29 - August 1, 2024. 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. Following the Meetup event you will have a series of online meetings over the course of the year with members of the coaching team, individually or with other participants. 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.

Facilitators and Coaches

Facilitator & Coach

Jessica Fick

Jessica Fick earned her PhD and Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, specializing in computational solid mechanics, from John Hopkins University. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. She is currently a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and an Assistant Dean at UW-Platteville. Jessica Fick's research interest focus on failure mechanisms and their connection to the difference scales, from the microscopic details to the macroscopic process of failure. A computationalist at heart, she developed a numerical tool to predict fragment sizes for different rates of loading which includes an elastic-viscoplastic material model, thermal softening and conduction, communication through the wave equation, and failure due to void nucleation, growth, and coalescence. Prior to her graduate work, Dr. Fick worked for the Army Research Laboratory in Adelphi, MD where she found a love of shock physics and failure analysis. Jessica Fick typically teaches courses in design and mechanics in the mechanical engineering curriculum; her primary focus is senior design. She has incorporated EM in all her classes after first learning about it at the 2018 KEEN National Conference (KNC) and an ICE workshop in 2019. Jessica is currently serving as a KEEN Leader on her campus and the Chair of the KEEN Leadership council. She has previously coached for both ICE and KNC.

Facilitator & Coach

Erik Backus

Erik C. Backus, PhD, PE, is a Professor of Practice at Clarkson University currently pursuing a PhD in Engineering Science with a focus in facilities and infrastructure construction decision making. He is currently the Howard E. Lechler Director of the Construction Engineering Management (CEM) program, teaching and supporting undergraduate, graduate, and other students and trainees. He has a bevy of expertise, experience, and knowledge in instructing project based engineering courses. Erik has spearheaded the Clarkson Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE) Capstone design experience since 2015, using project teams as direct consultants with internal and external clients across the State and region. Dr. Backus has presented on one such project at the ASEE St. Lawrence Section conference on one such CEE capstone effort in the past. He also teaches courses in a variety of areas connected to both building and infrastructure construction. Previous to his time at Clarkson, he was an Assistant Professor of Military Science at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA and an Instructor/Writer for the US Army Engineer School USAES) at the Maneuver Support Center (MANSCEN), Fort Leonard Wood, MO. He was responsible for rewiring significant portions of the USAES Engineer Captain’s Career Course curriculum related to construction contracting and is a past winner of the MANSCEN Technical Training Excellence award.

Facilitator & Coach

Jodi Prosise

Dr. Prosise is the Chair and Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Engineering at University of Wisconsin-Platteville. She earned her PhD in Biomedical Engineering at University of Minnesota and her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State University. She has taught courses in both Industrial and Mechanical Engineering, focusing in Graphics, Manufacturing, the Engineering Sciences, and Design. Previously, she led a study-abroad service trip for engineering students to Ilheus, Bahia, Brazil, where engineering students designed and built assistive technologies for people with disabilities there. Dr. Prosise’s passion is helping others, whether that is through designing assistive technologies for those with disabilities, encouraging young ladies to become engineers, or by supporting and developing undergraduate students into becoming socially conscious engineers.

Facilitator & Coach

Philip Parker

Philip serves as the Acting Dean of the College of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science at UW-Platteville. He is also a faculty member in the environmental engineering program.

Facilitator & Coach

Jagadish Torlapati

Dr. Jagadish Torlapati is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rowan University and Lead of the Environmental Engineering Division at the Center for Research & Education in Advanced Transportation Engineering Systems (CREATES). Dr. Torlapati’s primary research interests include air and water quality, coastal resilience, bioremediation, shoreline response for oil spills, and cold regions research. Dr. Torlapati is currently leading a Department of Defense (DOD) project assessing the impact of permafrost thaw on the Arctic ecosystems. His current and past research funding sources include the Kern Family Foundation, American Water, the U.S Department of Agriculture, and the National Science Foundation; Dr. Torlapati has also developed numerical models that are used by the American Petroleum Association (APA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). He is also the faculty advisor for Engineers without Borders at Rowan University, where he leads engineering students in developing sustainable solutions for underserved communities locally and internationally. Under his mentorship, the chapter students completed a water distribution network for a school in Maharashtra, India. He is currently assisting his students in developing a new water source for a community in Ecuador. In addition, he is developing guidelines for the acceptable use of regenerative Artificial Intelligence (AI) in academia for the College of Engineering by serving as the AI Teaching Ambassador.

Facilitator & Coach

Jennifer Atchison

Dr. Jennifer Atchison is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics (MEM) at Drexel University and the Senior Design Coordinator for MEM. Currently, she is researching creativity in Senior Design and is a co-recipient of the Reisman Award for Creativity to support the work. She is also a PI on a Kern Family Foundation grant “Building Better Bridges Between Academia and Industry: Leveraging IPBs to Infuse Entrepreneurial Mindset”, which is using Strategic Doing to engage Advisory Boards in undergraduate education. Dr. Atchison is committed to increasing participation in engineering and is a Co-PI on the NSF S-Stem grant “Awards to Increase Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Diversity” which will provide scholarships to academically talented, low income BIPOC students and women studying ME and EE at Drexel. She has her Ph.D. and undergraduate degrees from Drexel in Materials Science and Engineering. She is a member of the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN), ASEE, and Chair of ASME Philadelphia Section.

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