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Hoshin Kanri X-Matrix Drives Engineering Leadership Program Success

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



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Engineering Leadership Development Constituent Committee Division Poster Session

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Engineering Leadership Development Division

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24.672.1 - 24.672.12



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Bruce DeRuntz Southern Illinois University Carbondale

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Bruce DeRuntz, Ph.D., is a Professor in the College of Engineering at Southern Illinois University Carbondale where he teaches classes on project management and leadership. He consults with universities and companies on their leadership development of human resources for six sigma and project management teams. He is the Director of SIUC’s Leadership Development Program and the former Editor of the ASQ’s Quality Management Forum. He is a Fellow with the American Society for Quality and holds certifications for Six Sigma Black Belt and Quality Engineer.

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Rhonda K. Kowalchuk Southern Illinois University Carbondale


John W. Nicklow Southern Illinois University Carbondale

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John W. Nicklow received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from Bucknell University (PA) in 1993. In 1998, he earned a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Arizona State University (AZ). In the same year, he joined the College of Engineering at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIU) as an Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Dr. Nicklow was recognized by the SIU College of Engineering and the American Society of Civil Engineers for teaching excellence. He has attracted funding for both education-related initiatives and for research activities in water resources systems management. He has served in a variety of positions, including Acting Chair, Assosiate Dean, and Assistant Provost. Dr. Nicklow was appointed Provost and Vice Chancellor at SIU. Dr. Nicklow is a registered professional engineer in Arizona and Illinois, a certified professional hydrologist (American Institute of Hydrology), a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and a diplomate of water resources engineering (American Academy of Water Resources Engineers).

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Hoshin Kanri X-Matrix Drives Engineering Leadership Program SuccessIf our goal is to truly prepare the next generation of engineering leaders, then we must providestudents with the use of engineer management tools to applied projects just as they would use intheir professional career. The value of this is twofold (a) facilitate their leadershipcommunication and understanding of their responsibility to the larger organization, and (b) toteach them a valuable tool to use in their professional career. One such tool that has been adoptedat UNIVERSITY’S COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING is the Hoshin Kanri X-Matrix for strategicplanning. Often used as the project plan for major corporations to achieve their mission andvisions, students at UNIVERSITY have been using this tool for four years to successfully showquantitative leadership development and achieve ambitious goals for the LeadershipDevelopment Program and the College. Sharing the success of applying this instrument to acollege of engineering’s student leadership development program will have far-reaching benefitsfor achieving the next generation of engineering leaders.Engineering education is greatly enhanced when students get to apply their technical knowledgeto complex real-life projects. Their learning is further enhanced when they learn the value of howto properly manage and lead a project. The College of Engineering at UNIVERSITY has aNational Science Foundation’s (NSF) STEM and corporate sponsor funded technical LeadershipDevelopment Program (LDP). Many of the students also serve as leaders and presidents of theCollege’s Registered Student Organizations (RSO) project teams. This rigorous program teachesstudents character, interpersonal, and leadership skills that are applied to leading their projectteams, such as ASCE Steel Bridge, Concrete Canoe, and SAE Baja competitions.It was recognized in the early stages of the LDP that the students struggled to be motivated toachieve excellence without a common goal and vision that they all shared. The Hoshin Kanri X-Matrix was introduced to the LDP as a means of uniting the students, teaching them the value ofthis powerful tool, and to drive success in the LDP and their student project teams.This paper will address the need and value of the Hoshin Kanri X-Matrix for teachingengineering leadership skills. Further, results and recommendations will be discussed. Theengineering profession only exists to provide solutions to problems. Training future technicalengineering leaders to apply high-level engineering management tools will lead to greaterstudent success, project success, and leadership program success.

DeRuntz, B., & Kowalchuk, R. K., & Nicklow, J. W. (2014, June), Hoshin Kanri X-Matrix Drives Engineering Leadership Program Success Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20563

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