March 2009

Presentation: A Debate on the Impact of Entrepreneurship Programs on University Technology Transfer

Jon Down of University of Portland and Paul Hudnut of Colorado State University share a presentation on A Debate on the Impact of Entrepreneurship Programs on University Technology Transfer presented as part of the Commercialization of Student Ventures paper track at The NCIIA's Annual Conference which was moderated by Mac Banks of Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

The abstract:

This session will assess the impact of entrepreneurship centers and academic programs on the success of generating spin-off companies based on university technology.


Presentation: University Outreach and Partnership Efforts

Mindy Fleisher and John Calvert of the United States Patent and Trademark Office share a presentation on University Outreach and Partnership Efforts presented as part of the Intellectual Property paper track at The NCIIA's Annual Conference which was moderated by Doug Arion of Carthage College.

The abstract:

USPTO began a university outreach program with three goals: educating students on intellectual property; creating a pool of potential hires who have a foundation of patent examination knowledge; and leveraging university resources to train examiners. The initiatives supporting each of these goals will be described.


Presentation: Is It Obvious or Not?

Martin High of Oklahoma State University shares a presentation on Is It Obvious or Not? presented as part of the Intellectual Property paper track at The NCIIA's Annual Conference which was moderated by Doug Arion of Carthage College.

The abstract:

Recent changes in the law, from U.S. Supreme Court cases to changes in the administrative processes of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, have made it more difficult to obtain patent protection for new inventions and have likely invalidated hundreds of existing patents. Some, such as changes to the USPTO's Manual for Patent Examining Procedure ("MPEP") arguably do not follow precedential case law, so inventors should be mindful of how to overcome rejections from these questionable changes to the MPEP. Student and faculty inventors must be cognizant of these changes in the patent laws and how these changes affect their business decisions. In sum, "obviousness" has become a substantial obstacle in obtaining patent protection, and inventors must be fully conversant in this important patent doctrine.


Presentation: Successful Commercialization of Student Inventions

Burt Swersey of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute shares a presentation on Successful Commercialization of Student Inventions presented as part of the Commercialization of Student Ventures paper track at The NCIIA's Annual Conference which was moderated by Mac Banks of Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

The abstract:

Several startup companies have resulted from projects that originated in design courses at RPI. The process that the students followed to identify the need, understand the field, create a design that addressed a need, and protect intellectual property will be outlined. The role of the instructor at each step will be discussed, along with lessons learned that will improve the process.


Presentation: Authentic Learning Experiences Through Entrepreneurial Education

Mariappan Jawaharlal of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona shares a presentation on Authentic Learning Experiences Through Entrepreneurial Education presented as part of the Curricular Models and Pedagogy paper track at The NCIIA's Annual Conference which was moderated by Nancy Clement of Purdue University.

The abstract:

Entrepreneurial education provides a meaningful context to address real problems in complex settings rather than simplified problems in isolation. It engages learners in developing new understanding and knowledge, promotes deeper insight, and provides an enhanced authentic learning experience. Constructivism is a theory with roots in psychology and sociology. A constructivist approach to learning and teaching is based on the notion that learners construct their own knowledge rather than knowledge being transferred into their brain. Learner's' construction of knowledge is based on their past knowledge, the timeliness of new knowledge, and the learner's' ability to understand the connections. This process forces learners to either modify existing knowledge or develop new knowledge. Such learning experiences are termed as Authentic Learning Experience. This paper discusses authentic learning as an instructional approach based on constructivism and elaborates on the effectiveness of engineering entrepreneurship pedagogy.


Presentation: Integrating Invention, Innovation and Entrepreneurship into Curricula

Bruce Garetz and Joel Wein of Polytechnic University share a presentation on Integrating Invention, Innovation and Entrepreneurship into Curricula presented as part of the Curricular Models and Pedagogy paper track at The NCIIA's Annual Conference which was moderated by Nancy Clement of Purdue University.

The abstract:

Polytechnic University has started a pilot program in biotechnology and computer science that aims to integrate invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship (I2E) into the undergraduate curriculum. This will be done by developing special course modules in a sequence of courses in these programs that connects course content to I2E. The curriculum revision extends through all eight semesters, with six semesters of modified course modules followed by a senior-year, two-semester course sequence in entrepreneurship that ties I2 to E. This pilot study can serve as an example for other disciplines and programs at Poly.


Presentation: Academic and Entrepreneurial Leadership

Robert Gustafson of Lehigh University shares a presentation on Academic and Entrepreneurial Leadership presented as part of the Curricular Models and Pedagogy paper track at The NCIIA's Annual Conference which was moderated by Nancy Clement of Purdue University.

The abstract:

Leadership Development is often an essential facet of a student's academic experience. Leadership qualities include initiative, courage, and in many cases, the ability to recognize and pursue opportunities. These are similar traits required of Entrepreneurs. Our plan for integrating leadership knowledge, skill, and experience sets the framework for a program that moves leadership theory to deeper understanding and habit. Our evolving Institute structure maintains a focus on the innovative development of entrepreneurial leaders and uses a team approach. This model merges academics, industry experience, mentoring (alumni & industry partners) and connectivity to a National Leadership Honor Society in specially designed facilities that incorporate, among other activities, an Entrepreneurial Leadership Residency (ELR) program.


The NCIIA's New Web Presence

For years, the NCIIA has been proud to offer cutting-edge web-based grant application software to its members. These tools make it possible for our member institutions to quickly and easily manage the grant application and execution process. Today, the NCIIA is bringing new technologies to bear on its public web presence. These technologies will make it easier for us to keep you up-to-date on the latest news about our organization and grantees; let you know about our newest grants, competitions, and events; and share social media generated by ourselves and our members.

As we take our first steps in this new direction, we wave goodbye to our old layout which served us and our members well.

NCIIA Mobile Site

The NCIIA is proud to offer a mobile-friendly website for our conference attendees. Check out the Washington, D.C. area metro map and dig into the conference schedule right on your iPhone or other mobile device.

Through a partnership with Forrest Glick at Stanford University, the NCIIA is able to offer a mobile-optimized conference schedule that allows conference attendees to provide immediate feedback on the sessions they attend.

Visitors in big browsers may be interested in visiting the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

Don't miss the papers and session abstracts available for download at the NCIIA Annual Conference site.


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