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About the EPIC Report

This report is a product of the PIPELINE Network project, led by the American Physical Society in partnership with Carthage College, College of William and Mary, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Colorado Denver, George Washington University, Loyola University Maryland, Wright State University, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute and funded by the National Science Foundation under grant number 1624882. The authors of this report wish to thank the participating faculty from the partner institutions for their input, as well as the reviewers of this report, who have helped to make it a valuable resource for the physics community.

Lead Author

Douglas Arion
Carthage College

APS Staff

Crystal Bailey
Head of Career Programs

Midhat Farooq
Careers Program Manager


Jean M. Quashnock
Carthage College

Paula Heron
University of Washington

Michael Lehman
Lehigh University

Laurie McNeil
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Lawrence Woolf
General Atomics

About the PIPELINE Network

The PIPELINE Network is a three-year project bringing together the efforts of seven institutions to create and document new approaches to teaching innovation and entrepreneurship in physics.

The project is charged with developing research instruments to investigate the link between physics innovation and entrepreneurship (PIE) education experiences and corresponding student and faculty attitudes. These deliverables will be made available via the web, email, and meetings.

The project is advised by an industry team and by three institutions with strong innovation- and entrepreneurship-focused physics programs: Carthage College, Case Western Reserve University, and Kettering University.

About the American Physical Society

The American Physical Society (APS) is a nonprofit membership organization working to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics through its outstanding research journals, scientific meetings, and education, outreach, advocacy, and international activities. APS represents over 55,000 members, including physicists in academia, national laboratories, and industry in the United States and throughout the world.


The American Physical Society has sole responsibility for the contents of this report and the questions, findings, and recommendations within.

Publication Date: February 2021

CC-BY-NC-ND American Physical Society

This report is available under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.


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American Physical Society

Crystal Bailey

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Rochester Institute of Technology

Linda Barton, Anne Leak, Benjamin Zwickl

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Carthage College

Douglas Arion

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University of Colorado Denver

Randall Tagg

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George Washington University

William Briscoe

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The College of William and Mary

Wouter Deconnick

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Loyola University Maryland

Bahram Roughani, Randall Jones

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Wright State University

Jason Deibel

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Worcester Polytechic Institute

Douglas Petkie

Introduction and Overview