New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
Engineering Leadership Development Division
The Global Engineering Leadership Model, adapted from the Skills Model of Leadership, integrates leadership theory and applications, engineering problem solving, interpersonal skills (communication, collaboration ethics, and management), big picture thinking, and global awareness/cross-cultural competency skills to define the global engineer-leader. This model is informed by the National Academy of Engineering’s Vision for the Engineer of 2020 advanced in the early 2000s, and undergirds the development of the Global Engineering Leadership (GEL) Minor at a leading engineering institution in the southeast U.S. The elective 15-credit undergraduate program, completed simultaneously with a bachelor’s degree, was developed and approved during the 2014/15 academic year and offered beginning in the 2015/16 academic year. It is administered in the School of Civil & Environmental Engineering and serves all undergraduate students in the College of Engineering (COE). The GEL Minor requires students to complete five courses, attend a leadership seminar series, and complete an international learning, work-based or research-based experience. The minor courses are taught by faculty in the School of CEE, including in-house communications faculty; the School of Public Policy; the Institute’s Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Program, and executive-level engineering practitioners. The pedagogy model integrates leadership instruction into the broader context of global societal grand challenges such as water availability and quality, air quality, urbanization, megaprojects, disasters, transportation, cities and sustainable development. A number of courses have embedded study abroad experiences to foster global awareness, cross-cultural sensitivities and skills and contextual problem solving. This paper discusses the development of the Global Engineering Leadership Minor focusing on the driving factors, the thinking underlying the program development, the curriculum, and future directions for the program.
Amekudzi-Kennedy, A. A., & DesRoches, R., & Burns, S. E., & Jacobs, L. J., & Smith-Colin, J. A., & Wynens, W., & Rosenstein, L. G. (2016, June), Developing the Global Engineering Leader at a Leading Engineering Institution in the Southeast Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26776
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