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The Entrepreneurial Mindset Continues to Thrive as the Ritchie School Joins KEEN

The University of Denver has a commitment to graduating global leaders with an entrepreneurial mindset and the Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science is helping lead the charge. The Ritchie School is one of the latest partners in the 33-school Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN).

"We believe that entrepreneurial mindset is one of the key attributes for engineers and computer scientists in the 21st century," says Haluk Ogmen, senior associate dean of the Ritchie School. "KEEN offers a strong network of schools with the common goal of educating engineers and computer scientists with an entrepreneurial mindset. By joining KEEN, we will be able to benefit greatly by interacting with our network partners."

KEEN brings together engineering universities and faculty with the shared mission to graduate engineers with an entrepreneurial mindset so they can create personal, economic, and societal value through a lifetime of meaningful work.

"Students have several opportunities on campus during their education here for learning and practicing entrepreneurship,” Ogmen says. "By joining KEEN, our goal is to expand and improve these opportunities for our students."

“We’re excited to have the University of Denver join KEEN,” says Jennifer Young, Kern Family Foundation program director. “With its strong industry and community connections, DU is well-positioned to foster an entrepreneurial mindset in engineering students and serve as a model for other partner schools looking to engage industry in a more meaningful way.”

Partnering with KEEN not only enhances the student experience but also promotes faculty development with opportunities to share and test new teaching methods.

“We already have several faculty champions who have participated in one or more KEEN activities,” Ogmen says. “Our formal partnership with KEEN will allow broader faculty participation in KEEN activities in order to contribute to the development of the Entrepreneurially Minded Learning pedagogy and to exchange best-practices with other partners.”