Origins of Innovation

What is innovation? Where does it come from? What are its values? How are innovative careers made? Using collaborative student-directed inquiry, STS 6614: Origins of Innovation graduate seminar investigates how innovation has become the organizing frame for work across the arts, design, engineering, and sciences. With students from programs across campus we explore the boundaries, methods, hype, and deeper meanings of “innovation.” At the heart of our inquiry was a semester-long collaborative project to: “Research, critically analyze, and create a public account of innovative activity at Virginia Tech that is valuable to multiple audiences.” The class is an opportunity for students to be creative and proactive about their learning in ways that traditional courses often unintentionally discourage. Our findings are presented for a broad public audience via the website http://vtinnovation.weebly.com/.

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Members: 
Name Department College
Matthew Wisnioski Science and Technology in Society College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences
Mahi Abdelbar Electrical and Computer Engineering College of Engineering
Josh Brinkman Science and Technology in Society College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences
Trevor Croker Science and Technology in Society College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences
Noha Elsherbiny Computer Science College of Engineering
Mohammad Halimi Science and Technology in Society College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences
Keith Johnson Science and Technology in Society College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences
Kristen Koopman Science and Technology in Society College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences
Marc Lichtman Electrical and Computer Engineering College of Engineering
Sarvnaz Lotfi Science and Technology in Society College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences
Annie Martin Electrical and Computer Engineering College of Engineering
Laura Segedin Integrative STEM Education*  
Mohammed Seyam Computer Science College of Engineering
Eric Stauffe Instructional Design and Technology*  
Andrew Wood Human Centered Design* College of Engineering
Kari Zacharias Science and Technology in Society College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences
Collaborative Colleges: 
Engineering
Liberal Arts & Human Sciences