BIG: Uniting the University Innovation Ecosystem

Douglas Allen, Steven Shooter
2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition Proceedings   unpublished
is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Bucknell University where he has taught for design, innovation and robotics for 16 years. He has published over 90 peer-reviewed papers and been PI or Co-PI on grants from NSF, ONR, NIST, ARDEC in addition to industry. As a registered professional engineer he also consults extensively with industry on design projects and formulation of innovation strategies. Abstract While there are many similarities and interesting differences among approaches to
more » ... approaches to innovation in various disciplines, there is always one common element: The strong drive to make an impact. The goal of innovation is change, to make someone or something better. A cursory examination indicated a large number of activities at the University that are directly or closely linked to the theme of innovation. These activities have been largely enacted by faculty who have a strong interest in a particular project. Many have been extremely successful. While many of these faculty meet informally with others to discuss their initiatives and efforts, there had not been an university-wide discussion. A major impetus behind the initiative described in this paper was to intentionally unite these related elements through creating an innovation ecosystem. An innovation ecosystem is the result of interactions between diverse stakeholders in a community with a vision of achieving goals through innovation or targeted creativity. Toward this end, faculty leaders in innovation from diverse disciplines gathered in a workshop to explore tactics to nurture, support and promote these activities and new initiatives. Specifically, this group of faculty from engineering, management, arts, humanities and social sciences met to:
doi:10.18260/1-2--17568 fatcat:uc32e5pxt5bzjdxej7cdoyunzm