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Encouraging the Entrepreneurial Mindset of Chemical Engineers

Addressing the increasingly complex problems facing engineers today will require more than technical knowledge. Students and engineers alike are tackling global challenges by adopting an entrepreneurial mindset.

To be a chemical engineer is to be a problem solver. However, the problems facing chemical engineers are growing in complexity. The variety of rapidly evolving problems requires new solutions that satisfy technical, safety, environmental, regulatory, economic, and social needs. Vital to the most successful solutions is balancing technological innovation with the needs of various stakeholders. In order to prepare chemical engineering students for this complex work, chemical engineering educators are incorporating an entrepreneurial mindset in their teaching and research.

This article discusses what it means to have an entrepreneurial mindset and gives examples of this mindset in research, education, and career development...

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