Influence of Personality on a Senior Project Combining Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Jinny Rhee
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
San Jose State University
One Washington Square San Jose, CA 95192-0087
Email: Jinny.Rhee@sjsu.edu

Clifton Oyamot
Department of Psychology
San Jose State University
One Washington Square San Jose, CA 95192-0120
Email: Clifton.Oyamot@sjsu.edu

David Parent
Department of Electrical Engineering
San Jose State University
One Washington Square San Jose, CA 95192-0084
Email: David.Parent@sjsu.edu

Abstract
A pilot multidisciplinary senior project combining sustainability, innovation, and entrepreneurship was undertaken at San Jose State University in the 2010-2011 academic year. The influence of personality domains described by the Big-Five (extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, emotional stability, and openness) on individual student performance, group experience, and attitudes towards multidisciplinarity, after the conclusion of the first semester of a two semester experience, are explored in this paper.

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