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University of St. Thomas School of Engineering – a KEEN consortium member

Entrepreneurial Mindset

St. Thomas School of Engineering - a KEEN partner

The University of St. Thomas School of Engineering is dedicated to instilling in its students an "entrepreneurial mindset," the habit and practice of seeking out opportunities to generate outstanding value for others.

As a recognized leader in engineering education, the University of St. Thomas School of Engineering is a partner in the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN), a select group of 50 colleges and universities across the United States committed to transforming engineering education to more fully realize the potential of today's curious and engaged students. We strive to graduate thoughtful, technically skilled, inventive engineers who go on to lead in America's engineering workforce, elevate its economy and contribute to the Common Good.

You can learn more about entrepreneurially minded learning by contacting University of St. Thomas KEEN facilitator Doug Dunston, through the videos below or by visiting the KEEN website.

Student Innovation

Being "entrepreneurially minded" is not just for students majoring in Business or Entrepreneurship; it is a critical mindset for engineering students. By developing their curiosity and empathy, St. Thomas' Engineering students learn to identify new opportunities that create value for customers and for society, in ways both financially responsible and sustainable.

View a sampling of recent St. Thomas news media focused on student innovation:

Student talks with a professor

Faculty Collaboration

St. Thomas' School of Engineering finds KEEN to be a faculty network of kindred spirit, one which prioritizes innovation in the engineering educational experience. Not only is entrepreneurial thinking critical for the nation and job creation, but it may serve to redefine what the engineering profession is in the eyes of society. If entrepreneurial thinking skills become part of our known character traits, we may resolve some of the most difficult pipeline recruitment problems our profession faces.