On March 6th, 2018, the Department of Engineering Education launched a partnership with the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN) at The Ohio State University.  Over the past 5 years The Ohio State University College of Engineering has created an evidence-based Entrepreneurial Mindset (EM) curriculum that impacts every entering student in the college. Broadly, our program has focused on curriculum development, implementation and assessment, and the engagement of faculty and students in entrepreneurially minded learning (EML). 

Having implemented central elements of EM into the bookends of our curriculum, the college is in a position to infuse EM as a core element of the ethos – for EM to be something for which our institution is known.  Throughout the next 5 years, Ohio State will embark on a values-driven exercise to more explicitly tie engineering education to impacts on society and value creation for improving human welfare.  We continue an extension of our successful outcomes from previous work, which included EML in first-year courses and capstone courses, and faculty recruitment and workshops to promote EML in other core engineering courses. Our mission is to create an integrated, multi-level faculty, course, and student development structure within the College of Engineering to visibly identify KEEN participants and the relative strength of EML integration into curricular and co-curricular activities.  This will be supported by ongoing educational research to produce validated assessment instruments for the 3C’s (curiosity, connections and creating value) and scholarly publications for broad dissemination to the network and engineering education community. 

For more information about the Ohio State and KEEN partnership e-mail us at

Key Contacts

David Tomasko, KEEN Leader

Josh Pingel, KEEN Coordinator

Deb Grzybowski, Professional Development Lead

Krista Kecskemety, Research Lead

Cal King, Experiential Learning Lead