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ASME Early Career Leadership Intern Program to Serve Engineering (ECLIPSE): A Talent Pipeline Model for Developing Early Career Mechanical Engineers into Future Leaders

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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Learnin' Lessons about Faculty Development

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Khosro Shirvani Farmingdale State College

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Khosro Shirvani, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the Mechanical Engineering Technology at Farmingdale State College (FSC). His research areas include surface engineering and tribology, additive manufacturing, fabrication and characterization of novel materials, and manufacturing processes. He joined FSC following a faculty position at Rowan University. He is active in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and has industrial experience as a designer at MAPNA Turbine Engineering and Manufacturing Company (TUGA), one of the main global players in the turbine industry in Asia.

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This Lessons Learned Paper highlights my experience of a 15-months leadership internship provided by American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Each year, ASME provides an exclusive professional development opportunity known as the ASME Early Career Leadership Intern Program to Serve Engineering (ECLIPSE). Mechanical Engineers who have completed a four-year degree with 3-10 years of work experience are eligible to apply. ASME has established this annual opportunity to develop Early Career Engineers (ECE) into future leaders within the community, strengthen their connections with peers and mentors, and expand overall membership levels across the profession.

Selected into the 2018-19 ECLIPSE Program, I had the opportunity to complete a project for the Board of Governors (BOG) in collaboration with an assigned coach. My experience included the privilege to participate in several networking and training events, travel to a series of engineering conferences including the IMECE (International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition), the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Conference, and attend an ASME Annual Meeting. Being selected into this distinctive Program significantly enhanced my leadership and project management skills, and enabled me to expand my professional network. Most notably, together with fellow 2018 ECLIPSE members we developed structured material to raise awareness of the Society and highlight the many benefits to early-career ASME engineer membership and volunteerism. Content in the form of brochures and email templates included a business case and guidance for early-career individuals (less than 10 years) on how to gain support from their employer or institution for time spent performing volunteer or general membership activities in ASME.

I have experienced first-hand how membership in professional organizations and programs like ECLIPSE extend benefits to employers and institutions. As an Educator, this Program was particularly positive and very relevant to the leadership and encouragement I am able to bring to my engineering students in the classroom. The ECLIPSE Program served as an extension to my previous roles in promoting growth in academic communities and excellence in education. The ECLIPSE skills and connections have become personally invaluable to my current and future roles in developing innovative perspectives with my students whom are themselves maturing as engineers and leaders. My preferred presentation format is a lighting talk.

Shirvani, K. (2020, June), ASME Early Career Leadership Intern Program to Serve Engineering (ECLIPSE): A Talent Pipeline Model for Developing Early Career Mechanical Engineers into Future Leaders Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34168

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