Kecskemety selected as 2023 Engineering Unleashed Fellow

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Krista Kecskemety of The Ohio State University College of Engineering has been recognized as a 2023 Engineering Unleashed Fellow by the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN). She is among just 30 faculty to receive the honor this year.

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This year’s cohort represents 24 institutions of higher education across the U.S., following a peer-selection process in which faculty were recognized for their contribution to entrepreneurial engineering education. Fellows also participated in the Engineering Unleashed Faculty Development National Workshop Program, creating resources that will help them and intercollegiate colleagues advance the community's mission to integrate entrepreneurial mindset (EM) into practices that benefit their students, their institutions and greater society.

Kecskemety is an associate professor of practice in the Department of Engineering Education and director of the Fundamentals of Engineering for Honors (FEH) Program. She was selected as an Engineering Unleashed Fellow for her project that combines EM, diversity, equity and inclusion, and character. She designed an activity that embraces entrepreneurial minded learning and inclusive teaching by encouraging students to explore underrepresented engineers and their unique contributions to society. To amplify the impact of her work, she will receive $10,000 through the Kern Family Foundation.

“This fellowship will provide the resources to expand this work from my 2022-2023 pilot implementation and share the curriculum with other engineering educators at Ohio State and beyond,” said Kecskemety.

“It was exciting to see the connections students made to these engineers and how the students were inspired by the value they contributed to products we use every day. I hope this activity will continue to spark student’s curiosity to learn more about historic and present-day engineers.”

The nomination and fellowship naming process began with Kecskemety’s initiative to participate in one of the many Engineering Unleashed Faculty Development workshops. These workshops are designed and delivered by a collaborative group of subject matter experts who serve as faculty members at more than 20 institutions. The workshops attract faculty participants from across the country, focusing on the development and application of an entrepreneurial mindset whether in teaching and learning, research, industry or leadership.

Working with peer coaches for up to a year, each fellow completed a project and contributed to the Engineering Unleashed Community through an online publication, sharing within the platform known as EngineeringUnleashed.com. The workshop's peer coaches nominated Kecskemety and the subsequent application was recognized by an independent review committee of past fellows. Recognition and selection as a fellow represent less than 10% of the overall faculty development participants. By advancing a project, the coaches and the review committee believe Kecskemety can have a great impact in the engineering education ecosystem.

She is the third Engineering Unleashed Fellow from Ohio State. Brian Ritchie received the honor in 2021 while Julia Armstrong earned the recognition in 2020.

Kecskemety earned her PhD, master’s and bachelor’s in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from Ohio State.

To learn more about her Engineering Unleashed work, visit engineeringunleashed.com/card/3265.

by Meggie Biss, College of Engineering Communications | biss.11@osu.edu