June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
Engineering Leadership Development Division
26.406.1 - 26.406.16
Contributions of Competition Based Complex Engineering Design Experience to Leadership Development in Engineering StudentsKeywords: Leadership Development, Engineering Design, Competition, Skills, EngineeringAttitudesAbstract:Engineering design venues in general give students an opportunity to build creative andinnovative solutions. They may enable engineering students to develop a number of skills.Engineering design experiences not only help students to acquire practical experience, but alsomay enhance a number of non-technical attributes and competencies, little is investigated on theimpact of engineering design on leadership development.Shell Eco Marathon (SEM) competition is a venue whereby engineering students compete ondesigning a most fuel efficient car that is able to travel the furthest distance on the minimumamount of energy. The competition is composed of two categories. First one is a prototypeoriented, which focuses on maximum efficiency while passenger comfort takes a back seat. Thesecond category is Urban Concept class that encourages more practical designs. In this paper,analysis of contribution of complex competition based engineering design experience such asSEM for leadership attributes development is provided.This paper will start with a review on leadership models and attributes, as well as, recentdevelopments and efforts of incorporating leadership development in engineering education.Then an overview of the Shell Eco-Marathon is provided, with some details on historicalbackground and global organizational structure. Methodology of impact measure of SEM onleadership development will be highlighted, and then detailed analysis will be provided. Impactanalysis of the Shell Eco-Marathon Design Competition incorporates evaluation of data collectedthrough questionnaire and interviews with participating students. The paper will discuss bothadvantages and disadvantages of the design competition based on the analysis of the datacollected, as well as, emerging recommendations for engineering education academics andengineering curriculum developers.
Jibril, F. I., & Yasser, B. M., & Abdulwahed, M., & Hasna, M. O., & Benammar, M. A., & Ghani, S. A. (2015, June), Contributions of a Competition-Based Complex Engineering Design Experience to Leadership Development in Engineering Students Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23745
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