BACKGROUND AND CONTEXT
This special issue of Advances in Engineering Education offers a selected group of papers that address key issues and questions in the development of Innovation and Entrepreneurship education for engineering students. The eight papers here present a useful and applied perspective on program construction, evaluation, impact and perspectives on how a focus on innovation and entrepreneurial learning can influence engagement and expand student participation. We solicited papers on the topic from the engineering education community and received 31 abstracts, 17 authors were invited to submit full papers for review ultimately yielding the eight papers selected for publication here. Advances in Engineering Education’s online format provides a rich forum for the documentation of effective examples of practice and research, supported by access to multimedia. We hope that this issue will prove useful to those already engaged in this field as well as those who are seeking effective models to develop and pursue.
In this introductory essay we provide an overview of the growth of this dimension of engineering education, the development of the communities and organizations that have emerged to support it, and identify issues that the field faces as innovation and entrepreneurship become more ubiquitous in engineering education.