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Preparing Ethical Leaders in Engineering Research and Practice: Designing an Ethical Leadership Module

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

Start Date

June 15, 2019

End Date

June 19, 2019

Conference Session

Engineering Ethics Division Technical Session - Ethics Across Contexts

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Engineering Ethics

Page Count

10

DOI

10.18260/1-2--33190

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https://jee.org/33190

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Xiaofeng Tang Ohio State University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-6279-9941

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Xiaofeng Tang is an Assistant Professor of Practice in the Department of Engineering Education at the Ohio State University. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow in engineering ethics at Penn State University. He received his Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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Lisa Elanna Burris Ohio State University

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Lisa Burris is an assistant professor of Civil Engineering at the Ohio State University. Dr. Burris’ expertise lies in the areas of cement and concrete optimization, durability of construction materials, forensic evaluation of structural and material deficiencies, and infrastructure construction and repair best practices. Dr. Burris holds a B.S. in Architectural Engineering and M.S. in Civil Engineering from Kansas State University, a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and has over a decade of experience in construction materials research.

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Nan Hu Ohio State University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0003-3536-8414

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Dr. Nan Hu is an Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University’s College of Engineering in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geodetic Engineering. His areas of research interest include advanced structural concepts, architected materials, smart structures, structural stability, structural art, biomimetics, fiber-reinforced composites, sustainable infrastructure and bridge engineering. He co-authored more than 40 publications, actively presented in national conferences, and received multiple student awards during his graduate studies. Beyond research activities, Dr. Hu has six years of teaching experience through a variety of roles and have mentored more than 10 undergraduate students on different research programs.

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Natassia Brenkus Ohio State University

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Natassia Brenkus is an Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University. Her research interests include prestressed concrete behavior and structural durability.

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Abstract

Recent occurrences of high-profile ethical scandals in industry and the academy attest to the need for strong leadership in upholding ethical standards and cultures in business and academic organizations. Many engineering graduate students become leaders of research groups or industry projects after finishing their education. While many institutions train their graduate students in research and professional ethics, such training tends to focus on students’ individual conduct. To date, few existing programs have explicitly sought to improve graduate engineering students’ ethical leadership, i.e. the ability to demonstrate, model, and promote ethical behaviors in the organization one leads. This paper proposes an ethical leadership development module that is embedded in a civil engineering graduate seminar course.

Section one of this paper reviews two bodies of literature: ethical leadership (EL) and leadership development in engineering (LDE). Our module design is guided by a theoretical model that bridges these two bodies of literature. Section two presents the ethical leadership module in three interrelated aspects. First, we report the formulation of learning objectives based on literature on EL, LDE, as well as graduate engineering students’ educational and professional needs. Second, we discuss plans for directly and indirectly assessing students’ ethical leadership development. Third, we report instructional strategies for engaging students to explore ethical leadership in a graduate engineering seminar course. In section three, we share considerations for adopting this module in other engineering graduate programs, considering factors like building relationships with engineering faculty, accommodating students’ workload, and aligning topical foci with students’ academic and professional development.

Tang, X., & Burris, L. E., & Hu, N., & Brenkus, N. (2019, June), Preparing Ethical Leaders in Engineering Research and Practice: Designing an Ethical Leadership Module Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--33190

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