June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
Engineering Leadership Development Division
26.539.1 - 26.539.17
DEVELOPMENT OF THE XXX UNDERGRADUATE ENGINEERING LEADERSHIP PROGRAM The Department of Engineering at XXX has a single baccalaureate engineering degree program that is aimed at engaging students and developing their engineering knowledge, skills and values through a modern, project-‐based curriculum. One recent development is the XXX Engineering Leadership (XELC) program. The engineering leadership idea grew from the first lines of the Harvard Business Review Blog Network June 7, 2010 article entitled “British Petroleum (BP)’s Tony Hayward and the Failure of Leadership Accountability,” by Rosabeth Moss Kanter where it stated, “BP doesn’t need an engineer at the helm. It needs a leader.” This article was published three months after the April 20, 2010 explosion of a British Petroleum offshore oil platform and subsequent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. This is just one example of why leadership principles should be incorporated into engineering programs, especially undergraduate programs. The XELC program is currently under development. The innovation of the program is related to the content, the sequence of courses, and the linkage to our redesigned first-‐year course ENGR 101: Engineering Opportunities where the leaders serve as mentors to the first-‐year students. The mission of XELC is to help students learn and develop mastery through practicing leadership skills in order to become effective, ethical and empathic leaders. The goals of the program are to 1) engage engineering undergraduates in opportunities to develop skills and attitudes that will prepare them to be productive and ethical leaders and 2) integrate undergraduate education with leadership principles and practices. We strive for the program to be a model of what is at the core of the XXX Engineering, which is the development of a community of learners that engenders respect, fosters excellence, promotes collaboration, inspires generosity, and encourages life-‐long learning. In this paper, we present the framework of the program and the structure of the introductory class (Engineering Leadership I: Theory and Practice). Engineering Leadership I is intended to be an exploration into how leadership theory can inform and direct the way leadership is practiced. The course is constructed to advance our understanding of the many different approaches to leadership and ways to practice it more effectively. The activities within the class and program are aimed to assist our students in achieving their greatest potential to adapt and to adjust to a diverse and ever changing world.
Gipson, K. G., & Daly, M., & Sherrell, C. J. L., & Ware, T. A., & Foucar-Szocki, D. L., & Henriques, J. J. (2015, June), Development of the James Madison University Undergraduate Engineering Leadership Program Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23878
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