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Mobilizing the Regional Epicenter Model

Epicenter’’s goal is to unleash “the entrepreneurial potential of undergraduate engineering students across the United States to create bold innovators with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to contribute to economic and societal prosperity.” In May 2013, fifteen Pennsylvania colleges and universities gathered for a two-day meeting to network, collaborate, and determine definitive projects that had value for the institutions and their faculty to make the Epicenter mission happen on a regional scale. Nine ‘affinity groups’ were formed based on faculty interests and needs to help engineering students become innovation leaders. This workshop has two goals: 1) bring together Epicenter-PA faculty to share how the regional approach has been modeled and is working and 2) support other regional Epicenters in setting goals and establishing and monitoring metrics for success. This workshop will help guide future Epicenter-PA work, as well as bolster the nationwide Epicenter ecosystem.