Plenary Videos

At our KEEN National Conferences, faculty and guest speakers share how they have invested in the entrepreneurial mindset (EM) movement for engineering education.

2022 KEEN National Conference

Envision yourself catalyzing humanistic and technical imaginations! 

From the Value Sensitive Design Lab: For two decades, co-directors Batya Friedman and David Hendry of the University of Washington have developed tools that help designers engage their technical and moral imaginations. 

Batya and David Hendry will share both their work and their tools with you to help your students think about value.

What does your entrepreneurial journey look like? 

Enjoy this interview and discussion with Rivian Automotive's System Architect, Ryan David. Ryan shares his personal entrepreneurial journey that started as an engineering student at a KEEN partner school and led him to jobs at Apple and Tesla. 

Get key insights into the product design cycle when matched with the 3Cs of the entrepreneurial mindset: Curiosity, Connections, and Creating Value. And find out why there's never a bad idea!

Think like an engineer. Act like an entrepreneur. 

T.K. Coleman is the Director of Entrepreneurial Education at the Foundation for Economic Education and creator of the “Revolution of 1” podcast. T.K. talks about how he has identified and built upon a characteristic he describes as “forward-tilt” with youth across America. 

Drawing upon his own expertise and entrepreneurial enterprises, T.K. is often provocative and always thoughtful from inspiration to implementation!

2021 KEEN National Conference

Kindness, generosity, grit, and character.

Michael Lamb (Assistant Professor of Politics, Ethics, and Interdisciplinary Humanities and Executive Director of the Program for Leadership and Character at Wake Forest University) hosts a great talk with Angela Duckworth, author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, and founder and CEO of Character Lab

Learn how Angela started using 'character' in an intentional way, the most important influences on her character as a child and young adult, and why character is a very important purpose and aim of education. 

How can engineers and non-engineers best work together to solve problems? 

In this dynamic talk, Luis Perez Breva, PhD, MIT iTeams Faculty Director, innovator, entrepreneur, educator, and the author of Innovating: A Doer’s Manifesto, discusses the meaning of innovation and the entrepreneurial mindset, about repurposing inventions, using technologies to scale up, and what to do if you're afraid of failure. 

"We need an engineer with a depth and breadth of knowledge, and an ability and interest in lifelong learning," says Dr. Kevin Bennet, Chairman of the Division of Engineering of the Mayo Clinic of Rochester, MN, Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and co-Director of the Neural Engineering Laboratory of Neurologic Surgery, and founding member of NaviNetics, Inc. "We need people who are creative and collaborative."

Dive into this overview of the innovations and developments in deep brain stimulation, and learn what companies are looking for in today's engineers.