Sunday, April 15, 2007

Entrepreneurship Education In Action

Burt Swersey, lecturer in Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) was recently awarded the 2007 Olympus Lifetime of Educational Innovation Award.

For the past 18 years, Swersey has taught the ideals and methods of innovation and has served as a role model to students. Many of these students have made significant impacts, either as entrepreneurs or as product designers for well-established companies, accumulating patents and business plan competition awards.

One of these students was John Blackburn, RPI '05, president of BullEx Digital Safety, a company that has developed a novel clean-burning, safe and effective fire extinguisher training system. The invention was sparked in one of Swersey's engineering courses!

eClips was able to interview both of these gentlemen during the 11th Annual NCIIA meeting this past March. Their comments have recently been added to eClips.

Listen to Burt Swersey share thoughts on innovation and entrepreneurship education as Burt speaks with eClips.

Listen to John Blackburn share thoughts on building a startup and share challenges he has experienced as a young entrepreneur as John speaks with eClips.

Interested in hearing more from Burt Swersey? Check out his Innovation Junction blog.

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