Three Deans co-instruct Leadership, Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Three deans from at a US Polytechnic Institute teach a course that engages undergraduates in exploring the application of innovation and entrepreneurship in addressing the world’s great problems. The deans from Humanities, Engineering and Business co-instruct the course that also involves guest speakers, case studies and individual and team exercises.

WPI LogoAt the end of October 2011, Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s (WPI) three deans collaborated for the first time in teaching a course designed to engage undergraduates in exploring the application of innovation and entrepreneurship in addressing the world’s great problems and challenges and so to engage in public debate.

The course, entitled Leadership, Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, challenged students to see the complexity and multi-disciplinary approach necessary for finding solutions to the big problems we face – problems such as food and energy supply, healthcare quality and delivery, and global sustainability.

Taught by WPI’s three inaugural Deans (lead instructor Mark P. Rice, dean of the WPI School of Business, and co-instructors Karen Oates, dean of Humanities and Arts, and Selcuk Guceri, dean of Engineering), the class featured case studies, guest speakers and individual and team exercises.

“This experimental course explores the interconnections across the engineering, science, arts, and business disciplines as they apply to helping solve some of the world’s great problems, ” Dean Rice said. “From the very start of their WPI education, our students begin to focus on applying their knowledge to problem solving. This approach is a critical distinction for WPI, its students and our global community, mainly because it’s new and emerging technologies that will create opportunities for innovators and entrepreneurs to address those great problems, and WPI’s students will be among those creating solutions and opportunities.”

 

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