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Contributions of a Competition-Based Complex Engineering Design Experience to Leadership Development in Engineering Students

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

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June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

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June 17, 2015





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Student and Other Views on Engineering Leadership

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Engineering Leadership Development Division

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26.406.1 - 26.406.16



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Farah I. Jibril Qatar University


Bassnt Mohamed Yasser Qatar University

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A research assistant in VPCAO office in Qatar University and have my masters degree in quality management with thesis project about "utilization of Lean six sigma in enhancement of sterile suspensions manufacturing".
Being working on pharmaceutical manufacturing field in Glaxosmithkline Egypt as section head for quality assurance and validation I have a great experience in quality management system tools and application and having also total quality management diploma and being quality master holder dealing with all quality systems as documentation , CAPA management , RCA , facility maintenance and also ISO 9000/2008 expert in addition to being certified from Bernard Castle in UK as sterile area facility Design expert as per ISO regulations .
Egyptian pharmacist graduate of 2007 who started my career as a research and development pharmacist in SEDICO pharmaceuticals in EGYPT for about 2 years dealing with new dosage forms formulation and then rotated to Methodology and stability department in which i dealt with dosage form analysis and innovation of new methods of analysis dealing with all laboratory instruments (HPLC, UV,TOC,GC, KF---etc.) and also monitoring drug shelf life through both accelerated and shelf life stability programs.

After which started at GlaxoSmithKline Beecham Egypt in which i was a laboratory senior analyst analyzing all dosage forms as finished products dealing with all laboratory instruments with very good experience on HPLC and GC in addition of GLP and GMP knowledge, SOP writing and audits carry out internally then i was promoted to a section head of validation and quality assurance for the pharmaceutical industry for both Lactam and non-Lactam areas in which i was responsible for sterile and non-sterile areas qualification, validation and periodic verification dealing with process validation, cleaning validation and finally was assigned as GSK sterile area expert dealing with sterile area validation(air system, facility design, tunnel and autoclave qualification, sterile process validation, sterile cleaning validation) in addition of the quality assurance activities of products release, out of specifications handling and drug store auditing.

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Mahmoud Abdulwahed Qatar University

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Dr. Mahmoud Abdulwahed has completed BSc (Syria), MSc (Germany and Sweden), and PhD (UK) degrees in electrical, control and systems engineering. He has multidisciplinary research expertise is in e-Learning, engineering/STEM education, and leadership & entrepreneurship; He is also interested in organizational change, disruptive/transformative innovation, development studies, strategic planning, and public policy. Mahmoud has authored/co-authored 50+ peer-reviewed published papers in well-reputed international conferences and journals, in addition to 25+ institutional/curricular frameworks and internal reports. Mahmoud has attained a number of research funding grants from the UK, Malaysia, and Qatar, and won a number of awards and scholarships during his studies and professional career. After finishing his Doctorate, Mahmoud worked as a researcher at Loughborough University, UK. In Fall 2011, he moved to Qatar University (QU), Qatar, as a faculty member with the Dean’s Office, College of Engineering. In Fall 2012, Mahmoud has been appointed as an Acting Head of the College Requirements Unit (CRU), a semi-departmental entity, which is responsible for managing the General Engineering Program. In April 2013, Mahmoud has become, partially, an adviser for innovation and strategic initiatives to the Vice President and Chief Academic Officer, Qatar University, parallel to his other duties at QU. In September 2013, Mahmoud has been fully working with the Office of Vice President and Chief Academic Officer in addition to being a faculty member with the College of Engineering, he is in particularly focusing on large scale high impact strategic initiatives in his current role. Mahmoud is competent in Arabic and English, and is knowledgeable of German.

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Mazen O. Hasna Qatar University

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Mazen O. Hasna received the from Qatar University, Doha, Qatar in 1994, the M.S. degree from the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles in 1998, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in 2003, all in electrical engineering. In 2003, Dr. Hasna joined the department of electrical engineering at Qatar University as an assistant professor. Currently, he serves as the vice president and chief academic officer of Qatar University. Dr. Hasna's research interests span the general area of digital
communication theory and its application to performance evaluation of wireless communication systems over fading channels. Current specific research interests include cooperative communications, ad hoc networks, cognitive radio, and network coding.

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Mohieddine A. Benammar Qatar University

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Prof. Mohieddine Benammar received the B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering and the M.Sc. degree in Automation and Control from the University of Tunis, Tunisia, in 1985 and 1987, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in Sensors and Electronic Instrumentation from Middlesex University, London, U.K., in 1991, for his work on developing instrumentation for the measurement of oxygen. He worked as Post-Doctoral Fellow at Middlesex University from 1991 to 1994; then he joined the University of Tunis as Faculty member. Since 1997, he is with Qatar University. He is currently Full Professor of Electronics, Sensors and Instrumentation. Prof. Mohieddine has more than 70 papers and 6 UK patents.

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Saud A. Ghani Qatar University

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•Associate Professor
•Associate Dean for development and industrial relations.
•Ph.D., in Mechanical Engineering, School of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Nottingham (UK), 2002.•
•Research: Thermofluids, CFD, Experimental Fluid Mechanics and Flow Visualization, Biomedical Engineering, Airflow Through Human Airways, and CSF flow. Engineering Education

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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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