The Academy of Management, Entrepreneurship Division and McGraw Hill recently presented Keller Center faculty member Derek Lidow with the 2019 Innovation in Entrepreneurship Pedagogy Award for creating his course EGR/ENT 200: Creativity, Innovation and Design.

“I’m thrilled that the Keller Center is being recognized for its core mission of innovation in engineering education. I am truly honored,” remarked Lidow.

In creating this course, Lidow's purpose is to give students an understanding of the sources and processes associated with creativity, innovation, and design - three interdependent capabilities essential to our own well-being, as well as to the well-being of society. To date, 338 students have taken this popular course. One of those students is Dalia Katan ’15 a designer and innovation consultant who loved the course so much she took it twice and has since based her career pathway on creativity and curiosity. 

“It's pretty amazing to reflect on the impact the Keller Center had in my life and how it continues to influence my path forward. My coursework with Professor Lidow on design thinking helped me move into an innovation consulting practice at Deloitte as well as to now embark on my creative sabbatical and start several of my own businesses,” noted Katan.

The Academy of Management is a worldwide scholarly community for entrepreneurship and presents this annual award to encourage not only innovations in pedagogy but also the potential impact and actionable lessons for entrepreneurs to address a social need.

“This award specifically honors Derek as an educator and curriculum designer.  I feel very fortunate that Princeton is able to leverage Derek’s expertise and energy through his outstanding teaching and curricular vision.” -Keller Center Director and H. T. Adams '35 Professor of Computer Science Margaret Martonosi