June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
When engineers enter the workforce they are expected to have professional skills and the technical background. However, beside some isolated presentation and writing trainings incorporated in courses such as senior design, usually there is no official training for such professional skills in engineering curriculum. With the support from National Science Foundation, we have developed a program where students have the opportunity to receive training on professional skills and practice them in a non-threatening environment. In this program students prepare engineering related lesson plans and present them to local middle and high school students. The program offers special workshops on leadership, teamwork, presentation, personality types and learning styles. Students not only receive professional trainings on these topics they also have the opportunity to practice and reinforce these skills through the program. They work in a team of diverse students and prepare the lesson plan, practice their presentation and receive peer and faculty feedback and present to local middle and high school students and receive their feedback as well.
In this paper, different aspect of the program and the professional development workshops are discussed. The effectiveness of the program is evaluated. Results of the students self-assessment shows that students’ teamwork, presentation and communication skills have improved. These workshops in leadership, teamwork, presentation and communication skills can be assembled in a series of professional development workshops to prepare engineering students for their profession.
Shahbazi, Z., & Jacobs, M. A., & Lehnes, A. E., & Mancuso, K. C., & Scotti, A. (2017, June), Improving the Professional Skills of Engineering Undergraduates Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28497
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