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Engineering Leadership Assessment to Action: Development of Leadership Profiles for Academic Success

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015

ISBN

978-0-692-50180-1

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Assessment of Engineering Leadership Skills

Tagged Division

Engineering Leadership Development Division

Page Count

11

Page Numbers

26.632.1 - 26.632.11

DOI

10.18260/p.23970

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https://peer.asee.org/23970

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178

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Joseph Louis Purdue University

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Joseph Louis is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Civil Engineering at Purdue University and is working as a graduate research assistant for Purdue University's Engineering Leadership Minor. He received his B.Tech. in Civil Engineering from the National Institute of Technology Trichy India, and a M.S. in Civil Engineering from Purdue University.

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Amadin Osagiede Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Amadin Osagiede, a native of Londonderry, New Hampshire and originally from Edo State, Nigeria, is a Master of Business Administration (MBA) candidate at Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of New Hampshire, a Master of Science degree also in civil engineering from Purdue University, and he is a graduate research assistant for Purdue’s College of Engineering’s Engineering Leadership Minor.

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Catherine G.P. Berdanier Purdue University, West Lafayette Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0003-3271-4836

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Catherine G.P. Berdanier is a Ph.D. Candidate in the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University. She earned her B.S. in Chemistry from The University of South Dakota and her M.S. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Purdue University. Her research interests include graduate-level engineering education, including inter- and multidisciplinary graduate education, innovative and novel graduate education experiences, global learning, and preparation of engineering graduate students for future careers.

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Monica Farmer Cox Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Monica F. Cox, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University, the Inaugural Director of the College of Engineering's Leadership Minor, and the Director of the International Institute of Engineering Education Assessment (i2e2a). In 2013, she became founder and owner of STEMinent LLC, a company focused on STEM education assessment and professional development for stakeholders in K-12 education, higher education, and Corporate America. Her research is focused upon the use of mixed methodologies to explore significant research questions in undergraduate, graduate, and professional engineering education, to integrate concepts from higher education and learning science into engineering education, and to develop and disseminate reliable and valid assessment tools for use across the engineering education continuum.

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Benjamin Ahn Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Benjamin Ahn is a Postdoctoral Associate with the MIT-SUTD Collaboration Office at MIT. His research interests include identifying effective mentoring skills in higher engineering education settings and assessing leadership development of undergraduates in engineering fields. Benjamin obtained a BE (Honors) in Aerospace Engineering from the University of New South Wales (Australia), a MS in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Purdue University, and a PhD in Engineering Education from Purdue University.

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Karan Sharma Purdue University

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Karan Sharma is an undergraduate student studying Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University. He worked on helping to create an assessment tool to help students self assess their progress through the Engineering Leadership Program.

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Engineering Leadership Assessment to Action: Development Leadership Profiles for Academic Success   Numerous reports, by ABET, the National Academy of Engineers, and theAmerican Society of Engineering Education among others, have been publishedemphasizing the importance of developing the professional skillset of undergraduateengineering students (ABET, 2013)(NAE, 2004)(ASEE, 2013). Universities have startedincorporating resources, such as workshops and seminars, service learning projects, andthe like, to hone skills such as communication, teamwork, and leadership. Purdue’sengineering leadership minor was established to address these needs. Assessment, being paramount to the success of any program, was a pillar in theestablishment of the minor. However, the mechanism was not clear until the idea of aleadership profile was proposed. A survey created in a previous study was utilized in thecreation of a personalized leadership profile for students. The profile reports personalizedscores that are compared with data obtained from a prior study (N=700) (Ahn, Cox,London, Cekic, & Zhu, 2014). This establishes a baseline of leadership skills incomparison to one’s peers. The students currently enrolled in the minor participated inthe survey. The data was collected and fashioned into a leadership profile withrecommendations of courses needed to strengthen skills identified by the tool asweaknesses. Students empowered with the results of their profile could make informeddecisions about future course selection in the minor. Effectiveness of this model was alsoassessed through a survey, which resulted in updates to the profile to increase perceivedeffectiveness. This study presents the results of the engineering leadership students compared tothe students from the previous study as well as previews the profile created for anengineering leadership student and the profile usefulness. Engineering leadership profilecreation could be a model for other institutions to ensure they are meeting the needs ofthe accrediting bodies and student expectations.   References  ABET.  (2013).  Criteria  for  Accrediting  Engineering  Programs:  Effective  for  reviews   during  the  2014-­‐2015  accredition  cycle.  Retrieved  from  http://www.abet.org  Ahn,  B.,  Cox,  M.  F.,  London,  J.,  Cekic,  O.,  &  Zhu,  J.  (2014).  Creating  an  Instrument  to   Measure  Leadership,  Change,  and  Synthesis  in  Engineering  Undergraduates.   Journal  of  Engineering  Education,  103(1),  115–136.  doi:10.1002/jee.20036  ASEE.  (2013).  Transforming  Undergraduate  Education  in  Engineering.  Retrieved   from  http://www.asee.org/TUEE_PhaseI_WorkshopReport.pdf  NAE.  (2004).  The  Engineer  of  2020:  Visions  of  Engineering  in  the  New  Century.   Washington,  D.C.  :  The  National  Academies  Press.    

Louis, J., & Osagiede, A., & Berdanier, C. G., & Cox, M. F., & Ahn, B., & Sharma, K. (2015, June), Engineering Leadership Assessment to Action: Development of Leadership Profiles for Academic Success Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23970

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