Navigation Links
Worcester Polytechnic Institute Professor Receives the KEEN 2015 Outstanding Faculty Award
Date:1/5/2016

Glenn Gaudette, a biomedical engineering professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), has been recognized by the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN) as its 2015 Outstanding Faculty of the Year.

Gaudette is credited with leading a team at WPI to implement a new program on campus, "Developing the Entrepreneurial Engineer." The program is designed to infuse the undergraduate experience with entrepreneurial experiences, challenges, and opportunities as students develop the skills they need to solve the grand challenges of the world.

“I was very surprised to win this award, and I’m very grateful,” said Gaudette. “I am part of a wonderful team of educators and administrators who are truly passionate about incorporating an entrepreneurial mindset in our technical courses and as part of our core curriculum. WPI has worked hard to bring these programs to campus as the next step in our project-based education where impact will become an expectation of all WPI graduates.”

The Kern Family Foundation created KEEN to support colleges and universities interested in developing innovative ways of instilling an entrepreneurial mindset in engineering students to help ensure that the United States remains competitive in the global marketplace. Its approach centers on teaching students to recognize and act on opportunities to create economic, personal, and societal impact. Students are challenged to be continually inquisitive about the world’s problems, to investigate them fully, to connect discoveries and ideas in order to seek solutions, and to develop viable results that create real value and meet the needs of the world around them.

“Glenn was a clear choice for the 2015 Outstanding Faculty of the Year Award”, said Doug Melton, KEEN program director. “He has been a constant promoter of the transformative education students receive at WPI and provided exemplary leadership in establishing a connection with KEEN. He is respected by his peers and has the ability to work collegially within our network of schools.”

Gaudette has served as an example for other faculty members by integrating entrepreneurial thinking and skills into his courses. Last year he worked with a team of 12 faculty members and two WPI trustees on a successful proposal to the Kern Family Foundation to further this approach on campus. The $488,500 award, received in July 2015, supports faculty training, a new problem-solving course for first-year students, extracurricular activities—including the student-initiated WPI Test Kitchen—and an annual team competition designed to reward the entrepreneurial mindset. These programs align with WPI's project-based approach to education, which helps students create value and have a positive impact on society.

Gaudette has also participated in many of the faculty development opportunities made available through two previous grants from The Kern Family Foundation, which originally brought WPI into KEEN. The network currently includes 22 universities from across the country that are collaborating and co-creating tools and resources to promote entrepreneurial engineering.

Roman Gutierrez '15 credits Gaudette with having a profound influence on his education. “Glenn helped fuel a passion for entrepreneurship through his class called Entrepreneurship in Biomedical Engineering Design. In a school in which so much emphasis is put on impact, entrepreneurship should be integrated in all levels of education. By injecting this spirit into the school through the KEEN programs, Glenn is helping create a new generation of WPI graduates with even more appropriate tools and skills to change the world.”

Gaudette has been a member of WPI’s faculty since 2006. He holds a BS in mechanical engineering from University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, an MS in mechanical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, and a PhD in biomedical engineering from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His primary area of research involves studying treatments for cardiovascular diseases; he has received funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the American Heart Association.

Gaudette will receive the KEEN 2015 Outstanding Faculty of the Year Award on Jan. 5, 2016, at KEEN’s winter conference in Tempe, Arizona. WPI President Laurie Leshin will be in attendance and will introduce the conference’s keynote speaker, Michael Crow, President of Arizona State University.

About Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Founded in 1865 in Worcester, Mass., WPI is one of the nation’s first engineering and technology universities. Its 14 academic departments offer more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science, engineering, technology, business, the social sciences, and the humanities and arts, leading to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. WPI's talented faculty work with students on interdisciplinary research that seeks solutions to important and socially relevant problems in fields as diverse as the life sciences and bioengineering, energy, information security, materials processing, and robotics. Students also have the opportunity to make a difference to communities and organizations around the world through the university's innovative Global Projects Program. There are more than 45 WPI project centers throughout the Americas, Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Europe.

Contact:
Colleen Wamback, Public Relations Specialist
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Worcester, Massachusetts
508-831-6775, cbwamback(at)wpi(dot)edu

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2016/01/prweb13150497.htm.


'/>"/>
Source: PRWeb
Copyright©2016 Vocus, Inc.
All rights reserved


Related biology technology :

1. Petri-Dishing the Dirt for Science and Education at Worcester Polytechnic Institute
2. Worcester Polytechnic Institute Researchers Study Copper to Help Cells Fight Back Against Bacterial Invaders
3. The Ties That Bind: NSF Funds Research at Worcester Polytechnic Institute Aimed at Cracking the Hidden Genetic Code Across Species
4. Worcester Polytechnic Institute Researcher Seeks a Better Way to Design Drugs
5. Enrollment Surges for Biomanufacturing Training at Worcester Polytechnic Institute
6. Worcester Polytechnic Institute Receives Grant to Study Genetic Changes that Drive Cancer Cells to Proliferate
7. Worcester Polytechnic Institute Partners with Bio-Process Systems Alliance to Lead Educational Program Development
8. Worcester Polytechnic Institute Co-directs Study That Provides New Insights into the Genetics of Drug-Resistant Fungal Infections
9. Worcester Polytechnic Institute's Biomanufacturing Expertise to be Featured in Berlin
10. Worcester Polytechnic Institute Participates in Clinical Trial for MRI-Compatible Robot Designed to Improve Accuracy of Prostate Cancer Biopsies
11. Worcester Polytechnic Institute to Lead Scientific Workshop on Nanoscale Defenses for Biological and Chemical Threats
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/2/2018)... Switzerland (PRWEB) , ... October ... ... provider of advanced software solutions for biopharmaceutical R&D, today announced a new ... mini-bioreactor systems from Sartorius, a leading international pharmaceutical and laboratory equipment supplier. ...
(Date:10/2/2018)... (PRWEB) , ... October 02, 2018 , ... ... ) announced this week that teams have initiated validation of standards and testing ... under the direction of Dr. Larry Kennedy, ACRES VP for Quality Management Systems ...
(Date:9/28/2018)... ... September 28, 2018 , ... LabRoots , the leading ... from around the world, is excited to announce Daniel Andrade, a 22-year-old undergraduate ... winner of the LabRoots Summer 2018 Textbook Scholarship, awarding him $1,000 to support ...
(Date:9/27/2018)... ... , ... Medable was named DPharm Idol at this year’s ... digitome, a digital representation of human health and disease, by removing the separation ... sources. Dr. Michelle Longmire, Co-Founder and CEO of Medable, explained that their approach ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
(Date:10/13/2018)... ... October 12, 2018 , ... HOLLOWAY AMERICA, a stainless ... premier packaging event PACK EXPO International in Chicago from October 14 to 17. ... which HOLLOWAY AMERICA is a member. , At this year’s PACK EXPO at ...
(Date:10/11/2018)... DURHAM, N.C. (PRWEB) , ... ... ... a nonprofit organization that identifies, counsels, and supports high-growth, high-impact life science ... investment professionals representing 8 national nonprofit disease foundations to discuss their investment ...
(Date:10/11/2018)... YORK (PRWEB) , ... October 10, 2018 , ... ... technology is enabling newly diagnosed breast cancer patients to learn about their treatment ... outcomes for women with triple negative breast cancer (TNBC), and was developed through ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):