Reinventing the Physicist: Innovation and Entrepreneurship Education for the 21st Century

June 5 - 6, 2014
American Center for Physics
One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD

We live in an era of immense opportunity for physics graduates: their scientific training helps to make them key members of industry teams developing new technologies, or translating cutting-edge research into viable products. The future of the physics discipline depends on implementing new approaches which provide training for success in what is increasingly the largest employment base for physicists: the private sector.

This conference will focus on strategies for implementing physics innovation and entrepreneurship (PIE) education into undergraduate classrooms, and will be targeted toward physics department leaders. Sessions will feature existing programs which have successfully implemented PIE components (such as the Scienceworks program at Carthage College, and the Case Western Physics Entrepreneurship Program), as well the "success stories" of students who have graduated from these programs and started companies or found successful employment in companies as a result of these programs.

The conference will also include targeted implementation workshops, and resources for educators who are interested in developing PIE curricula or in promoting entrepreneurship among their students and faculty, such as the National Collegiate Innovators and Inventors Alliance (NCIIA), which offer funding, guidance, and access to a community of practitioners.

Conference Steering Committee

  • Douglas Arion, Carthage College 
  • Crystal Bailey, American Physical Society 
  • Mark Bernius, Morgan Crucible PLC 
  • Bahram Roughani, Loyola University Maryland
  • Randall Tagg, University of Colorado Denver

2014 Physics Department Chairs Conference
The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) is hosted the annual Physics Department Chairs conference in conjunction with this workshop. For more information please visit the department chairs' conference homepage.
Gray Arrow AAPT Physics Department Chairs Conference

Thursday - June 5, 2014
American Center For Physics

6:30 a.m. Breakfast
7:30 a.m. Shuttles leave for American Center for Physics
8:00-8:15 a.m. Overview/Introduction - Crystal Bailey (APS) and Douglas Arion (Carthage College)
8:15-9:00 a.m. Plenary: Providing Real Non-Academic Mentorship in an Academic Environment (Duncan Moore, University of Rochester)
9:00-9:45 a.m. The Role of Physics as an Ideal Discipline for Innovation - Randy Tagg (UC Denver)
9:45-10:30 a.m. Panel discussion: Why Include Entrepreneurship Education
  • Chris Duffy - Epic Systems, Carthage ScienceWorks graduate
  • Charlie Staniger - Walgreens, Carthage ScienceWorks graduate
  • Adele Luta - MIT Brain and Cognitive Sciences Dept., Case Western Physics Entrepreneurship Program graduate
  • Jeff Bargiel - Phycal, Kettering University and Case Western Physics Entrepreneurship Program graduate
10:30-11:00 a.m. Break
11:00-12:00 p.m. Panel Discussion: Skill Sets for Careers
  • Douglas Arion (Carthage College)
  • Duncan Moore (University of Rochester)
  • Participants in Entrepreneurship Education Panel
12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00-3:00 p.m. Nuts and Bolts of Physics Entrepreneurship - The Skills, Knowledge and Attitudes Needed for Career Success - Douglas Arion (Carthage College)
3:00-3:30 p.m. Break
3:30-4:30 p.m. Strategies for Physics Entrepreneurship Implementation
  • Douglas Arion (Carthage College, ScienceWorks program)
  • Randy Tagg (University of Colorado, Denver)
  • Ed Caner (Case Western University, Physics Entrepreneurship program)
  • Duncan Moore (University of Rochester, Center for Entrepreneurship)
4:30-6:30 p.m. Reception and Dinner
6:30-8:00 p.m. Evening Program: Ideation Workshop
8:00 p.m. Shuttles leave for Hotel

Friday - June 6, 2014
Holiday Inn, College Park

7:00 a.m. Breakfast
7:45-8:00 a.m. Transition to meeting room
8:00-8:15 a.m. Introduction to Implementation
8:15-10:15 a.m. Parallel Sessions: Workshops on Implementation
  • for Small Colleges/Non-Research Institutions
  • for Research Universities
  • for Graduate Programs
10:15-10:30 p.m. Break
10:30-11:15 a.m. Resources to Bring Innovation and Entrepreneurship to your Institution
  • Phil Weilerstein - National Collegiate Innovators and Inventors Alliance (NCIIA)
11:15-11:45 a.m. Group Discussion: Next Steps, Expanding the Process
  • Building an Innovation and Entrepreneurship Education Community Through Continued Interactions
  • Creating Tools to Connect Community of Practitioners
  • Finding and Expanding New Partnerships (e.g. NCIIA and others)
11:45-12:00 p.m. Closing Remarks
12:00 p.m. Adjourn