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KEEN Scholars Program

The College of Engineering has increasingly participated in activities and initiatives that encourage entrepreneurial-minded learning within the engineering curriculum. The KEEN Scholars Program will prepare engineering students to observe and expand upon their work through an entrepreneurial lens, allowing them not only to innovate but implement engineering research and development in a business context.

The Four-year KEEN Scholars Program Highlights:

  • Business and Engineering coursework
  • In-depth project work with an entrepreneurial focus
  • Relevant extracurricular activities


To earn the College of Engineering KEEN Scholars designation, students must complete the following:

  • 6 credits of specified coursework from the Colleges of Engineering and Business. Students should ideally opt to take one course from each College, however, if one of the listed engineering courses is part of the student's required curriculum, they should expect to take another course in that discipline. If both engineering courses are required in their curriculum, they should take two courses from the College of Business. Available options include:

    • IE 312: Engineering Economic Analysis
    • BME/ME 423: Product Innovation
    • MK 200: Principles of Marketing
    • ENTR 251: Entrepreneurship and Innovation
    • ENTR 380: Global Entrepreneurship
    • MAN 370: Project Management

  • An extension of their Senior Design Project that reflects KEEN Educational Outcomes and is documented by an oral presentation. The assessment is pass/fail.

  • An approved extracurricular activity related to entrepreneurship and innovation. Acceptable activities include (but are not limited to) the Western Mass Innovation Jam, the Grinspoon Elevator Pitch Competition, and the Draper Competition. Students will write a reflection paper (pass/fail) that relates the experience to a KEEN Educational Outcome.


Students who successfully complete the KEEN Scholars Program will be recognized in the program at Commencement, and it will also be noted on their degree audit. Students must be in good academic standing to participate in the program and must have a minimum 3.0 GPA to graduate with KEEN Scholars recognition. 

For more information, please contact Professor Mike Rust (mrust@wne.edu) or Professor Steve Adamshick (stephen.adamshick@wne.edu).