The Kern Family Foundation - 2013

Award Date: August 2013


The Kern Family Foundation has awarded two Topical Grants to Union faculty.  Jenn Currey, assistant professor of bioengineering, and Sudhir Khetan, visiting assistant professor of bioengineering, received a $40,000 grant to support a three-phase approach for developing a strong entrepreneurial mindset in students: a seminar/workshop series, a 10-week capstone design course, and an elective course for students to refine their designs and prototypes.  Profs Currey and Khetan aim to produce deliverables that can aid entrepreneurship at other colleges facing similar institutional challenges (particularly a lack of business and entrepreneurship course content), such as Swarthmore and Smith.

Hal Fried, David L & Beverly B Yunich Professor of Business Ethics, and Ron Bucinell, associate professor of mechanical engineering, also received a $40,000 Topical Grant to develop materials that facilitate the integration of the product development process into the engineering classroom based on materials that they’ve used in their Entrepreneurship Seminar. The final deliverable will include video vignettes and web based worksheets that guide students through the process and lower the bar for faculty to embrace the goal of educating the entrepreneurial minded engineer.  David Blakelock ’83 and Robert Langone ’96 will participate as project advisors.