Asee peer logo

An Experiential Learning Approach to Develop Leadership Competencies in Engineering and Technology Students

Download Paper |


2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

Engineering Leadership Development Constituent Committee Division Technical Session 1

Tagged Division

Engineering Leadership Development Division

Page Count


Page Numbers

24.157.1 - 24.157.14



Permanent URL

Download Count


Request a correction

Paper Authors


Gregg Morris Warnick Brigham Young University

visit author page

Gregg M. Warnick is the Director of the Weidman Center for Global Leadership and Associate Teaching Professor of Engineering Leadership within the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology at Brigham Young University (BYU). The center provides oversight for leadership development and international activities within the college and he works actively with students, faculty and staff to promote and develop increased capabilities in global competence and leadership. His research and teaching interests include developing global agility, globalization, leadership, project management, ethics, and manufacturing processes. Gregg has lived in numerous locations within the USA and Europe and has worked in many places including North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Prior to joining BYU, Gregg worked for Becton Dickinson, a Global Medical Technology fortune 500 Company. In this capacity he worked as a product development engineer, quality engineer, technical lead, business leader and program/project manager managing many different global projects. Gregg received his PhD in Educational Leadership and Higher Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Master of Technology Management degree and a BS in Manufacturing Engineering Technology, from Brigham Young University. Gregg also does consulting in project management and leadership working with IPS Learning and Stanford University where he provides training for fortune 500 companies throughout the world.

visit author page

author page

Joshua Schmidt Brigham Young University


Anton E. Bowden Brigham Young University

visit author page

Anton E. Bowden is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Brigham Young University. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Utah State University and a Ph.D. in Bioengineering from University of Utah. He received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation for his work investigating the role of ligaments as related to biomechanics of the lumbar spine. He is actively involved in the development and teaching of the integrated leadership, ethics, and globalization curriculum at BYU and was recently appointed Weidman Professor in Leadership.

visit author page

Download Paper |


An Experiential Learning Approach to Develop Leadership Competencies in Engineering and Technology StudentsAbstractThere is a shift occurring among many engineering and technology programs throughout theworld in the mode of instruction for leadership development in their students. Where it was oncecommon to have a few seminars on leadership or maybe even a typical lecture-based course,there is a growing trend to provide experiential learning (hands-on) leadership experiences forstudents that better prepare them for success within their careers.Building upon the experiences of other engineering and technology programs focused onleadership development as well as that of our own at Brigham Young University, this paperpresents the use of an experiential learning approach in the development of leadershipcompetencies among engineering and technology students. It analyzes contrasting approachesused by other universities including the tradeoffs of each approach. The paper describes some ofthe challenges of transitioning from a typical lecture-based approach to an experiential learningapproach while describing associated benefits related to engineering and technology studentleadership outcomes.

Warnick, G. M., & Schmidt, J., & Bowden, A. E. (2014, June), An Experiential Learning Approach to Develop Leadership Competencies in Engineering and Technology Students Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20048

ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2014 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015