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Learning to Lead in a Global Community

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Global Community Engagement in Engineering Education

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Community Engagement Division

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25.887.1 - 25.887.12



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Joseph East Michigan Technological University

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Joseph East is a fourth-year undergraduate student at Michigan Technological University graduating in April 2012. During his time at Michigan Tech, in addition to his primary studies in biology and mathematics, he has progressed through the Pavlis Leadership program and spent several years in the Nanotechnology Enterprise, holding several leadership roles including president of the enterprise. He will be attending the University of Michigan in Fall 2012, pursuing master's degrees in Industrial and operations engineering and health systems administration.

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Genevieve Gierke Michigan Technological University

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Genevieve Gierke is graduating from Michigan Technological University in April 2012 with a bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering and a certificate in Global Technological Leadership from the Pavlis Institute for Global Technological Leadership. She is currently researching polymeric coatings for implantable devices through controlled release of nitric oxide at Michigan Tech.

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Mary Raber Michigan Technological University

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Mary Raber currently serves as Associate Director for the Institute for Leadership and Innovation and Director of the Enterprise Program at Michigan Technological University. She has overseen the implementation and growth of the Enterprise Program at Michigan Tech since its inception in 2000, and is responsible for its overall coordination and development. Her responsibilities include corporate sponsorship development, interdisciplinary program evaluation and assessment, and workshop/course instruction in the areas of teaming and leadership. She is also actively involved in coordination, curriculum development, assessment, and instruction in the Pavlis Global Leadership program. She received her B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan and an M.B.A. from Wayne State University and is currently working on her Ph.D. at Michigan Technological University. Before joining MTU, she held various engineering and management positions during a 15 year career in the automotive industry.

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Learning to Lead in a Global CommunityAbstractIn response to a growing desire for students to possess leadership skills upon entering theworkforce, an undergraduate cross-cultural, technological leadership institute was formed in2005. Students in the institute, many of whom are engineering majors, learn and develop theirleadership abilities through a 25-credit certificate program.The curriculum allows students to explore leadership through coursework, interaction withindustry leaders, development and implementation of projects, completion of a five-weekinternational experience, and mentoring other students in the institute. Through coursework thatexplores topics such as global, ethical and technological leadership, teaming, cultural awarenessand scientific communication, each student refines his/her personal leadership philosophy andgains the confidence and ability to lead in their professional careers.By exploring the many facets of leadership through classroom study, practical application in realworld humanitarian projects, and teaching others, it is believed that students will be betterprepared to lead in post-graduate endeavors. This paper, written and presented by students of theprogram, presents the course curricula, activities, and international immersion that are used inthis program to develop leadership. Students will share their experiences and perspectives on theprogram, and successes and challenges associated with the program will also be reviewed with agoal of sharing beneficial lessons learned.  

East, J., & Gierke, G., & Raber, M. (2012, June), Learning to Lead in a Global Community Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21644

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