MORROW, Ga—A Clayton State University MBA student was one of 40 students selected to participate in a design thinking challenge at Emory University.
On February 12, Kasey Dawson took part in the Next Generation Mobility Challenge that collaborated with Toyota to involve students around the country to create the future of transportation and mobility.
“This was a great opportunity for one of our students to utilize what she has learned to solve significant, applied problems and to work with students from other universities and Toyota,” says Dr. Louis Jourdan, associate dean of the College of Business and Director for the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
Working in interdisciplinary teams, students identified more socially and environmentally sustainable solutions in the transportation and mobility industry.
Toyota and mobility experts evaluated each teams’ idea pitches, and the winning team now has the opportunity to further expand their ideas as part of an internship with Toyota’s Innovation partners.
“Although my team did not win, it was overall an incredible experience. The diversity of my team was great,” says Dawson.
Adding, “The process was challenging, but I was satisfied with what our team was able to produce. I would definitely participate in this event again if given another opportunity.”
Dr. Avi Mukherjee, Dean of the College of Business, says challenges like this enhance the educational experience of students at the University.
"At Clayton State, we have adopted a design thinking approach to teaching Entrepreneurship and Innovation, that is attracting significant student interest from across the campus. Experiences of participating in challenges like this will help our students to learn from the best and brightest in the industry."