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Longitudinal Evolution of an Inclusive, College-wide Integrated Engineering Leadership Curriculum

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

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June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

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June 18, 2014



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Engineering Leadership Development Constituent Committee Division Technical Session 2

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Engineering Leadership Development Division

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24.874.1 - 24.874.10



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Anton E. Bowden Brigham Young University

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Anton E. Bowden is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Brigham Young University. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Utah State University and a Ph.D. in Bioengineering from University of Utah. He received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation for his work investigating the role of ligaments as related to biomechanics of the lumbar spine. He is actively involved in the development and teaching of the integrated leadership, ethics, and globalization curriculum at BYU and was recently appointed Weidman Professor in Leadership.

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Gregg Morris Warnick Brigham Young University

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Gregg M. Warnick is the Director of the Weidman Center for Global Leadership and Associate Teaching Professor of Engineering Leadership within the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology at Brigham Young University (BYU). The center provides oversight for leadership development and international activities within the college and he works actively with students, faculty and staff to promote and develop increased capabilities in global competence and leadership. His research and teaching interests include developing global agility, globalization, leadership, project management, ethics, and manufacturing processes. Gregg has lived in numerous locations within the USA and Europe and has worked in many places including North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Prior to joining BYU, Gregg worked for Becton Dickinson, a Global Medical Technology fortune 500 Company. In this capacity he worked as a product development engineer, quality engineer, technical lead, business leader and program/project manager managing many different global projects. Gregg received his PhD in Educational Leadership and Higher Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Master of Technology Management degree and a BS in Manufacturing Engineering Technology, from Brigham Young University. Gregg also does consulting in project management and leadership working with IPS Learning and Stanford University where he provides training for fortune 500 companies throughout the world.

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Spencer P. Magleby Brigham Young University

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Spencer Magleby is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Associate Dean in the Fulton College of Engineering and Technology at Brigham Young University. He came to BYU in 1989 after working in the aircraft industry developing tools for advanced aircraft design and manufacture. Dr. Magleby received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin where his research centered on design. He has pursued research in design tools and processes, team management, and new mechanism technologies. He teaches design at the graduate and undergraduate level, and is interested in educational partnerships with industry and international issues in design. As associate dean of undergraduate studies he has promoted and supported the structuring and expansion of leadership development and international programs. He is an active member of ASME and ASEE.

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Longitudinal Evolution of an Inclusive, College-Wide IntegratedEngineering Leadership CurriculumAbstractLike many engineering programs, [Blinded] has recognized the need for cultivatingleadership skills in its engineering students. Over seven years ago, planning efforts wereinitiated for rolling out an inclusive, college-wide engineering leadership curriculum.These efforts have resulted in a structured experience that provides graduated proficiencyin leadership knowledge and skills starting with the Freshmen year and culminating inpracticed leadership experiences in Capstone Senior Design Courses. A fundamentalelement of this inclusive curriculum is a required, 3 credit hour Sophomore LevelFoundations Course which provides a common core in personal leadership, organizationleadership, and global agility.Implementation of an inclusive curriculum required substantial support from each of theindividual college units, thus the roll-out was staged with strong consideration todepartment timelines. At this point, each program in [Blinded] College of Engineeringand Technology has integrated the leadership curriculum into its individual graduationrequirements for seniors graduating in 2014 and beyond. Early adopting departmentsnow have several years of experience. Enrollment in the Sophomore LeadershipFoundations course has risen from several dozen students to roughly 1,000 studentsannually. This paper presents the longitudinal evolution of the curriculum in response tofaculty concerns, student interest and experience levels, and departmental constraints.

Bowden, A. E., & Warnick, G. M., & Magleby, S. P. (2014, June), Longitudinal Evolution of an Inclusive, College-wide Integrated Engineering Leadership Curriculum Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--22807

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