U.J. Fan
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Engineering Service Learning and Entrepreneurship Opportunities
Traditionally, engineering has been engaged with the community beyond the campus through technical assistance, university extension, and the work of individual faculty serving as consultants to community organizations. Service learning is a pedagogy that provides students with structured opportunities to learn, develop, and reflect through active participation and thoughtfully organized community involvement. It enhances the academic experience of students by relating academic content and course objectives to issues in the community. Service learning projects indicate a real need, and many of the projects contain entrepreneurial opportunities. These opportunities are not only real and make business sense, but also directly benefit a community while meeting the educational objectives. This paper describes our efforts to develop an effective engineering service learning model that also provides socially responsible entrepreneurial opportunities.