It is anticipated that this project will have an impact on both students at Rowan University as well as the broader engineering entrepreneurship research field.
In terms of students, the first-year engineering entrepreneurial mindset video will be used across all sections of our first-year multidisciplinary design course at Rowan in the coming academic years. Although we continue to provide opportunities for students to build upon their entrepreneurial mindset within coursework, it has been found that students tend to appreciate hearing from their peers, so it is expected that there will be a greater appreciation for the need to develop an entrepreneurial mindset through the inclusion of this video in the course.
The recruitment video will also be beneficial to better communicate the benefits of learning about entrepreneurial mindset while pursuing engineering, and provide a level of awareness that high school students may not have previously had about this integration.
With regard to the broader engineering entrepreneurship research field, our work has contributed to providing direct measurement of the method in which students define an entrepreneurial mindset. It was observed that there was a bit of a disconnect between how students and faculty define entrepreneurial mindset. Our paper provided suggestions on how to modify the framing of these activities in the classroom to ensure students were taking away the key points we desire them to achieve. We also learned that curricular activities and jobs/internships are key contributors to entrepreneurial mindset development and should continue to be emphasized within undergraduate engineering.