Nathalie Duval-Couetil

Professor, Department of Technology, Leadership and Innovation; Director, Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program; Associate Director, Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship
Mailing Addresses
Office: MRGN 220E
Phone: (765) 494-7068


Nathalie Duval-Couetil’s research focuses on entrepreneurship pedagogy and assessment, the alignment of entrepreneurship and STEM education, and gender and entrepreneurship. She is responsible for the launch Purdue's cross-campus entrepreneurship program, and has created programming focused on entrepreneurship fundamentals, venture development, technology commercialization, strategic planning, and women and leadership. She currently serves as a co-investigator for Purdue’s NSF-funded Midwest I-Corps Node (MWIN) and Sustainable Food Energy and Water System (SFEWS) Traineeship Program (NSF NRT).

Duval-Couetil has served on the board of the United States Association of Small Business and as chair of the ASEE Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation Division. Prior to her work in academia, she spent several years in the field of market research and business strategy consulting with Booz Allen and Hamilton in Europe and Data and Strategies Group in Massachusetts. Duval-Couetil received a BA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, an MBA from Babson College, and MS and PhD degrees from Purdue University.


Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
M.B.A., Babson College, International Business & Marketing, Wellesley, MA
B.A., University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Research Interests

Multidisciplinary entrepreneurship education
Entrepreneurship education in engineering
Environments and conditions that foster entrepreneurial activity among students
Evaluation and assessment
Women and leadership

Selected Publications

The following can be found on Dr. Duval-Couetil's Google Scholar.

Duval-Couetil, N., Ladisch, M. & Yi, S. (in press). Addressing researcher priorities through science and technology entrepreneurship education. Journal of Technology Transfer.

Yi, S., Duval-Couetil, N. (2018, August). What drives engineering students to be entrepreneurial?: Validation of an entrepreneurial motivation scale for engineering students. Journal of Engineering Education. 107(2), 91-317.

Wheadon, M. & Duval-Couetil, N. (2018, December). Token entrepreneurs: Contextualizing gendered forms of capital in technology entrepreneurship. International Journal of Entrepreneurship Behavior and Research, 31(3-4), 308-336.

Huang-Saad, A., Duval-Couetil, N. & Park, J. (2018, May). Technology and talent: Capturing the role of universities in entrepreneurial ecosystems. Journal of Enterprising Communities. 12(2), 92-116.

Wheadon, J. & Duval-Couetil, N. Elements of entrepreneurially-minded learning. (2017, Spring). Journal of Engineering Entrepreneurship. 7(3), 17-25.

Duval-Couetil, N., Shartrand, A. & Reed-Rhoads, T. (2016, February). The role of entrepreneurship program models and experiential activities on engineering student outcomes. Advances in Engineering Education. 5(1).

Duval-Couetil, N., Pilcher, J., Weilerstein, P. & Gotch, C. (2014, February). Undergraduate involvement in intellectual property protection at universities: Views from technology transfer professionals. International Journal of Engineering Education, 30(1), 1-12.

Duval-Couetil, N. (2013, July). Assessing entrepreneurship education programs: Challenges and approaches. Journal of Small Business Management, 51(3), 394-409.

Awards, Honors, Achievements, & Memberships

  • Vice President of Research, United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Senior Research Advisor, Stanford University Epicenter
  • American Society for Engineering Education
  • National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance