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Board 130: The Formation of Undergraduate Engineers as Engineering Leaders

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

Start Date

June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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8

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https://peer.asee.org/29920

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William J. Schell IV P.E. Montana State University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0001-8626-1671

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Dr. William J. Schell holds a Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering – Engineering Management from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and M.S. and B.S. degrees in Industrial and Management Engineering from Montana State University (MSU). He is an Assistant Professor in Industrial and Management Systems Engineering at MSU with research interests in engineering education and the role of leadership and culture in process improvement and serves as an Associate Editor for both the Engineering Management Journal and Quality Approaches in Higher Education. Prior to his academic career, he spent 14 years in industry where he held leadership positions focused on process improvement and organizational development. He was recently named a Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Management.

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Bryce E. Hughes Montana State University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0001-9414-394X

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Bryce E. Hughes is an Assistant Professor in Adult and Higher Education at Montana State University, and holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education and Organizational Change from the University of California, Los Angeles, as well as an M.A. in Student Development Administration from Seattle University and a B.S. in General Engineering from Gonzaga University. His research interests include teaching and learning in engineering, STEM education policy, and diversity and equity in STEM.

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Brett Tallman P.E. Montana State University

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By Brett Tallman, (Montana State University). I am currently a Masters student in Education, concurrently researching engineering leadership as part of my PhD program. My former adventures include mechanical engineering (I am a P.E. in MT), seminary, teaching (high school math), and biking. You can find more of my engineering education work at educadia.org or on my YouTube channel.

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Abstract

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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