June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
Engineering Leadership Development Division
Use of experiential learning has been demonstrated to be an effective tool for engineering leadership development. However, experiential learning involving the integration of disciplines outside of engineering, specifically leadership development experiences including business majors, seems to be an untapped area. This educational gap could be problematic, as an abundance of anecdotal evidence, documented by Rogers and Freuler, and calls by professional engineering organizations, including ASEE and NAE, suggesting that engineers must learn to work with accounting, marketing, communications, and other functional groups within the business structure to attain project success in the “real world.”
In response to calls from our alumni advisory board for a leadership experience integrating business and engineering disciplines, a leadership development competition was designed using sustainability as the theme. Students developing leadership skills from both engineering and business were organized into teams to identify and solve a sustainability problem. Each student was not only focused on the overall competition, but also in defining their roles and leadership opportunities. Both teams and individual students had periodic metrics to report, as well as detail their plans for influencing stakeholders or teammates in specific action areas. While the competition was finalized by selecting the best project based on team “pitch,” the leadership development continued with the students developing a leadership plan to launch their projects.
This paper will present the details of the pedagogical approach, with a step-by-step explanation of the structure of a “capstone” leadership development project incorporating team dynamics, structured deliverables, and techniques of engagement of the business and engineering majors in the context of a competitive sustainability challenge program. This paper will present collected assessment data, an analysis of the data, and provide recommendations for improvement .
Bayless, D. (2017, June), Engineering Leadership Development using an Interdisciplinary Competition-based Approach Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28256
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