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Nncs Leadership Symposium: Adding A Leadership Component To Science Education

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2006 Annual Conference & Exposition

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Chicago, Illinois

Publication Date

June 18, 2006

Start Date

June 18, 2006

End Date

June 21, 2006

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

New Trends in Engineering Graduate Education

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Graduate Studies

Page Count

10

Page Numbers

11.959.1 - 11.959.10

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https://peer.asee.org/1334

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Ernest McDuffie

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ERNEST L. MCDUFFIE – Dr. McDuffie is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at the Florida State University and is currently on assignment to the Office of Naval Research, where he is deputy director of the N-STAR initiative. His career in federal service has included service as an electronic intelligence operations specialist for the National Security Agency and a program director for the National Science Foundation.

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Elaine R. Milliam

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ELAINE R. MILLAM – Dr. Millam, a lifelong student of leadership, teaches leadership strategy, change and development at several Universities, including the University of St. Thomas, University of Minnesota and Argosy University. She has had over 30 years of leadership experience in various sectors, including private, non-profit and the public sector. She was the architect and instructor for the NNCS Leadership Symposium.

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Robert Kavetsky

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ROBERT A. KAVETSKY – Mr. Kavetsky is currently on a two-year assignment to ONR, where he is directing an initiative focused on revitalizing the S&T base in the Navy’s Warfare Centers. He is a mechanical engineering graduate of Catholic University, and has worked in the fields of hypersonic aerodynamics, explosives, undersea warheads, and mine countermeasures.

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Ronald Bennett

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RONALD J. BENNETT – Dr. Bennett is Founding Dean of the School of Engineering at the University of St. Thomas. With a background of 20 years in industry, Bennett teaches and publishes on diverse topics including materials engineering, technical innovation, engineering ethics, technology transfer and engineering education. He is an ABET program evaluator and is past Chair of the Graduate Studies Division of ASEE.

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Eugene Brown

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EUGENE F. BROWN – Dr. Brown is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech. He has worked with ONR since 2001 on university-centered Navy work force development issues. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in thermodynamics and fluid mechanics and is the author of many papers and reports describing his research in the areas of computational fluid dynamics and aircraft propulsion.

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NNCS Leadership Symposium: Adding a Leadership Component to Science Education

Abstract

The NSF Navy Civilian Service (NNCS) program is now in its second year of operation and has embarked on a course to add a significant leadership training component for participating students. This paper will describe the nature and history of NNCS, the rational for the leadership component, and a description of the symposium itself. Also included will be a programmatic overview from the perspective of its origins in ONR’s workforce development programs.

NNCS has the following main three goals: • To identify and fully develop a diverse group of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals with advanced degrees to ensure the economic future of the nation; • To foster stronger ties between the university research community and the Navy in order to apply the latest research in a more timely fashion; • To provide new pathways for talented STEM professionals to enter careers at Navy research and development centers.

The focus of the NNCS Leadership Symposium is having an initial gathering of students from several different universities across the nation. They will come together to form learning communities across boundaries. Each student will engage with teams of learners, mentors and advisors from differing backgrounds and interests. These teams will provide an environment for learning support, for deep inquiry and encouragement for stretching oneself to take on a leadership role in their respective communities.

The paper will conclude with a discussion of the results of an evaluation of the program which was used to gather both student and teacher/mentor input at the symposium, a listing of lessons learned, and plans for the future development and extension of the program.

McDuffie, E., & Milliam, E. R., & Kavetsky, R., & Bennett, R., & Brown, E. (2006, June), Nncs Leadership Symposium: Adding A Leadership Component To Science Education Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. https://peer.asee.org/1334

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