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Embedding Leadership Topics in the Engineering Curriculum

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Engineering Management Applications

Tagged Divisions

Engineering Management, Engineering Economy, and Industrial Engineering

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25.517.1 - 25.517.15



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Gene Dixon East Carolina University

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Gene Dixon teaches aspiring engineers at the undergraduate level at East Carolina University. He has held positions in industry with Union Carbide, Chicago Bridge & Iron, E.I. DuPont & deNemours, Westinghouse Electric, CBS, Viacom, and Washington Group. He has spoken to more than 25,000 people as a corporate trainer, a teacher, and a motivational speaker. He received a Ph.D. in industrial and systems engineering and engineering management from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, a master's of business administration from Nova Southeastern University, and a bachelor's of science in materials engineering from Auburn University. He has authored several book chapters and articles on follower component of leadership and is active in research on the leadership processes.

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Embedding Leadership Topics in the Engineering CurriculumLeadership is defined as the integrative process of leaders, followers and common purpose. How doaddress leadership in a quantitative based curriculum has challenged engineering faculty interested inleadership for some time. Limited credit hours and defined ABET driven criteria limit non-technicalelectives with an engineering focus. Similarly, required general education courses focus on requiredliberal arts curricular requirements that have discipline specific focus. This paper describes an approachto developing leadership within a core engineering curricular in a general engineering degree program.Through the wide spread use of student projects, teams and team work and reflective writing, thisuniversity is teaching the language of leaders and leadership along with the knowledge, skills andabilities required of the next generation of engineering leaders.

Dixon, G. (2012, June), Embedding Leadership Topics in the Engineering Curriculum Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21275

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