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SVTL 2011- 5 - Hal

  1. 1. Integrating Minerva Fellows Into Student Projects in Developing Countries orThe AhhHaa Moment<br />Harold O. Fried<br />David A. Hodgson<br />Union College<br />Schenectady, NY 12308<br />friedh@Union.edu<br />
  2. 2. ALOHA<br />
  3. 3. The Context<br />Union College is a liberal arts institution (2,300 students) with engineering, without business and no graduate programs.<br />Every engineering student does a two term senior project.<br />Union College is situated in the Capital Region of NYS which is pursuing a high tech development strategy.<br />UC Strategic plan: “UC will be a leader in educating students to be engaged, innovative, and ethical contributors to an increasingly diverse, global and technologically complex society.”<br />
  4. 4. WINTER TERM COURSE FOR CREATIVE <br />PEOPLE – ARTISTS, WRITERS, POETS, <br />ENTREPRENEURS, ENGINEERS, <br />SCIENTISTS…<br /> <br /> SENIOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP SEMINAR FOR ENGINEERS AND LIBERAL ARTS <br />STUDENTS.<br /> <br />IDM 325<br />No Prereqs<br />Interdisciplinary teams produce a business/marketing plan for an <br />engineer’s senior project. Emphasize senior projects that are commercially<br />viable and socially responsible.<br /> <br />Email Hal Fried (friedh@union.edu) for more info.<br />
  5. 5. The VISION<br />Implement a program for Union students to work with poor communities on beneficial projects.<br />Involve students from all disciplines.<br />Make Paul Polak proud and involve the community in the process.<br />
  6. 6. A Key Resource: Minerva Fellows<br />Nine scholarships to graduating seniors to work with NGOs in developing countries.<br />Take Hal’s social entrepreneurship course in the spring term, graduate in June, depart in July, return to Union for the month of May.<br />Countries: Cambodia, India, Ecuador, South Africa, Uganda, and Ghana.<br />Leverage this resource to implement student projects in developing countries and do it right.<br />
  7. 7. Course 1<br />Objective: Work with Minerva Fellows to identify problems in communities.<br />Enroll engineers and liberal arts students.<br />Generate a preliminary set of solutions.<br />Select one (or more) project(s) to implement. <br />
  8. 8. Course 2<br />Refine the project.<br />Identify the materials and the costs.<br />In depth study of the community, the country and the culture.<br />Raise the funds for travel and execution of the project. <br />
  9. 9. Make it Happen!<br />
  10. 10. Gaps and Challenges<br />Timing of the two courses and the travel.<br />Tight schedule for engineers.<br />Students commit to two courses + travel.<br />Faculty resources.<br />Administrative approval.<br />College “risk management”<br />We are just an undergraduate college.<br />
  11. 11. A Potential Partnership<br />Work with Arizona State University. <br />Joint teams<br />Provide vetted projects.<br />And more …<br />
  12. 12. Three Key Ingredients for a Course that will Never Fail<br />Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die, Chip Heath and Dan Heath<br />So What? Who Cares? Why You? The Inventors Commercialization Tool Kit, Wendy Kennedy.<br />Business Model Generation, Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur and an amazing crowd of 470 practitioners from 45 countries.<br />
  13. 13. Thank you<br />and<br />
  14. 14. ALOHA<br />

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