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EMERGE annual in-person meeting 

May 23rd – 25th in Chapel Hill, NC

Entrepreneurially Minded Engineering Resource Group for Educators (EMERGE) is a two-day workshop for universities/colleges that are creating, or have recently created, an engineering program and are interesting in building entrepreneurial-minded learning into the curriculum. The purpose of the workshop is to share ideas and strategies about the challenges of starting a new engineering program and create a community of collaboration within emerging programs. The workshop will be facilitated by Olin College faculty and will focus on program development to embed entrepreneurial-minded learning.  Participants will have the opportunity to see our facilities at UNC-Chapel Hill. And after two years of Zoom meetings, this is a great opportunity to finally gather in person in informal settings in Chapel Hill.

Please note that universities/colleges do not have to be part of the KEEN Network to participate.


Registration prior to May 2, 2022, costs $200 including lunch, dinner, and workshop fee. Registration after 5/2 will increase to $250. Registration will close on May 9th. Hotel and travel are an additional cost as noted below. Participants may apply for a Travel Grant to cover the costs of registration and travel.

Registration is open until May 9, 2022.

If awarded a travel grant, you do not need to register for the workshop.

Travel and Hotel

Air travel: RDU airport. The airport is 18 miles from Chapel Hill. 

Local transportation: Transportation options between RDU and Chapel Hill include a personal rental car, taxis, and rideshare such as Uber and Lyft. Once you arrive at the hotel, all workshop activities and meals are within a 0.5 mile walk from the hotel. If you need transportation to these sites, please let us know and we can provide this. You can specify this need during the workshop registration process.

Hotel: AC Hotel Chapel Hill Downtown. Workshop rate is $119-$124/night. $10 extra for parking but you can park on Franklin Street for a lower rate. The last day to book to receive the discounted workshop rate is April 25, 2022.

Workshop location: Most sessions will take place on the campus of UNC Chapel Hill in the Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence in Graham Memorial. Dinners will take place in downtown Chapel Hill, all within walking distance of the hotel.


Tentative Agenda Overview

12:00 – 5:45 PM

Check-In/Arrive at Campus
UNC-Chapel Hill

6:00 – 8:00 PM

Opening reception and dinner*
Carolina Brewery

Enjoy a meal and drinks together at a local microbrewery, while meeting the other workshop participants and learning about the unique features and culture of their emerging programs.

8:00 AM

Coffee Hour (Optional)
Graham Memorial Hall

9:00 AM

Session 1: Mission, Vision, Values
Graham Memorial Hall

We will introduce a powerful and versatile framework for identifying and building alignment between the high-level program mission and the operational elements that make up your program. During the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to put that framework to use on their own programs, and to share and compare notes with other programs at a similar stage of development.

12:30 PM

Lunch and Discussion*
Graham Memorial Hall

1:30 PM

Workshop and Dialogue 2: Context-Driven Integration and Innovation
Graham Memorial Hall

This workshop will introduce tools to develop interdisciplinary and innovative approaches in curricular and student experiences that leverage existing institutional strengths. Many emerging programs are seeking to incorporate these interdisciplinary opportunities and mindsets to prepare students for the complex challenges in our society. This includes the development of the entrepreneurial mindset that provides students with opportunities to develop their curiosity, seek connections, and create value. Conversations and activities will alternate between our whole group working together, individual institutions experimenting on their own, and affinity groups that will match participants with others experiencing similar challenges and opportunities.

4:30 PM

Reception at BeAM Makerspace at UNC-Chapel Hill
BeAM – Murray Hall

Participants will visit the BeAM (“Be A Maker”) Makerspace and learn how UNC integrates making into academic coursework, research, and student life activities across the University.

6:00 PM

Dinner at a local Italian restaurant*
411 West

8:00 AM

Coffee Hour (Optional)
Graham Memorial Hall

9:00 AM

Workshop and Dialogue 3: Closing the Loop through Reflection and Planning Next Steps
Graham Memorial Hall

Our final day activities will focus on refining your program development process and facilitating networking across our group. We will identify the most valuable approaches and “lessons learned” from this workshop experience, some tangible next steps that we each might take, and strategies to maintain connections with each other after we return to our home institutions.

12:00 PM

Box Lunch*
Graham Memorial Hall

Networking lunch as we wrap up the workshop.

*Cost of food and beverage included in the workshop registration fee.

Mask Policy

UNC and The Orange County Health Department has lifted its mask requirement for public and indoor spaces following the guidance by the CDC and NC DHHS. As a result, and following UNC System guidance, UNC lifted the indoor mask mandate for most of campus. This change comes at a time when we are seeing decreasing cases in our campus and local communities. We realize that this transition is welcome for some and brings discomfort for others. If you feel more comfortable still wearing a mask, you are free to do so. There are many reasons why a person may decide to continue to wear a mask, and we respect that choice. See here for more details.

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