St. Thomas Engineering Receives KEEN Grant Renewal

September 12, 2019
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The University of St. Thomas School of Engineering has received a three-year Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN) grant from the Kern Family Foundation.  This is a three year extension to a grant that the School of Engineering had previously received from the Kern Family Foundation.  This grant will allow the School of Engineering to continue their groundbreaking work on entrepreneurially minded learning for engineering students to help transform the world.  KEEN believes that “engineers equipped with this (entrepreneurial) mindset understand the bigger picture, can recognize opportunities, evaluate markets, and learn from mistakes to create value for themselves and others.”

The grant will also help support the School of Engineering faculty’s collaborative learning community as they work to transform engineering education. "To solve society's grand challenges, we need engineers who can apply curiosity and creativity to the technical skillsets they have in order to come up with truly innovative ideas. This is where an entrepreneurial mindset becomes important!" – Dr. AnnMarie Thomas, University of St. Thomas, Professor of Engineering, Entrepreneurship, and Business. 

Some other schools in this network of more than 40 engineering schools include Georgia Tech, Marquette, Arizona State, and Villanova.  More details on KEEN are available at