Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
NSF Grantees Poster Session
Today, leaders of industry and government are calling for increasing numbers of engineering graduates to maintain the nation's economic competitiveness. However, the expected positive impact from increasing the number of engineering graduates will be limited, unless the full capabilities of these graduates are harnessed. Specifically, solving today's complex challenges will require cooperation among experts from many fields. In order for these collaborations to be successful, leaders of these groups must harness the diverse capabilities of their members. This will require skilled technical leaders, many of whom should be engineers. Therefore, undergraduate engineering students need to learn how to be effective leaders during their formation as engineers. Unfortunately, many engineers graduate with little development of leadership skills and engineering educators do not currently have sufficient understanding of how engineering students develop into leaders.
This NSF ECE supported project seeks to close that gap by improving our understanding of the role leadership plays in the process of becoming an engineer. Specifically, this work investigates the role of leadership as a component of the development of an engineering identity in undergraduate students. By building on the idea that seeing oneself as an engineering leader requires the development of an engineering identity in combination with the development of a leadership identity, this work investigates the process of becoming an engineering leader and leverages the central role identity plays in learning. The investigation began by analyzing a national data set of students’ leadership development experiences and the self-reported impact of those experiences. The data was used to explore the leadership experience and perception of the impact of these experiences of engineering students when compared to their peers in other STEM fields and those outside the STEM fields. Initial results indicate significant differences between these groups.
Schell, W. J., & Hughes, B. E., & Tallman, B. (2018, June), Board 130: The Formation of Undergraduate Engineers as Engineering Leaders Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/29920
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