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Incorporating Leadership Training In A Sophomore Engineering Design Course

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

Publication Date

June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



Conference Session

Teaching Teaming Skills Through Design

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8.687.1 - 8.687.24



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Jane Reel

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Christine Allard

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Deborah Kaminski

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Linda McCloskey

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Incorporating Leadership Training in a Sophomore Engineering Design Course

Linda McCloskey Jane Reel Christine Allard Director Lecturer Lecturer Archer Center for Student Leadership Development

Deborah A. Kaminski Associate Professor Department of Mechanical, Aeronautical, and Nuclear Engineering

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY 12180-3590


A novel course module to develop the interpersonal skills of engineering students

is integrated into a sophomore design course. The module, entitled Professional

Development I, provides students with background and training in communication,

creativity, team dynamics, conflict resolution, leadership, values, risk taking, and

personality types. The focus is on experiential teaching of practical applications and

teaching methods are highly interactive. Professional Development I is part of

Introduction to Engineering Design with students receiving 25% of their total course

grade from the Professional Development portion and 75% from the engineering design

portion. Within Introduction to Engineering Design, students are placed in teams and

assigned a semester-long design/build/test project. A unique feature of the course is that

the same teams who work together on their design project also receive leadership training

Reel, J., & Allard, C., & Kaminski, D., & McCloskey, L. (2003, June), Incorporating Leadership Training In A Sophomore Engineering Design Course Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--12206

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