Technology education Program Director Barb Bauer and international business and entrepreneurship Associate Professor Mary Spaeth are excited to watch the project unfold. Students in the entrepreneurship and innovation minor take the class and understand it can take many people to bring an idea to fruition.
“The polytechnic university gives business students the ability to experience prototyping-in-action and access to engineering partnerships as they consider product and service development in business,” Spaeth said.
“This is an opportunity for students to understand the ‘why’ of a first-grader. Customer discovery is hard. First-graders are approachable, but they are not easy clients. They know what they want but may not be able to articulate their ideas easily,” Spaeth added. “I really enjoy collaborating with and learning from my colleagues across campus, including Dr. Dietsche. In business, we always want to learn more about what we can help to produce.”
Provost Glendalí Rodríguez believes the power of education keeps her inspired, and that “with education comes opportunities.”
Her family is from Puerto Rico, and her background is in architecture. “My family grounded me in the value of education, even as I felt that I stuck out in higher education and in construction as a Puerto Rican woman,” she said.
With a background in English, Chancellor Katherine Frank designed problem-based exercises for her students, pushed them to think about the lessons learned in their writing and literature classes and apply those lessons to their chosen fields.
“What we center on at UW-Stout is our students,” Frank said. “We have a responsibility, through our philosophy at Stout, that student success is everything. That resonates with me. Everything that we do focuses on student success.”