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Preparing Our Graduates to be More Effective Leaders In a World of Systems-Oriented Risk

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

Systems Engineering Division Technical Session 4

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Systems Engineering

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24.1001.1 - 24.1001.16



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Eva Andrijcic Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

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Eva Andrijcic serves as an Assistant Professor of Engineering Management at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. She received her Ph.D. and M.S. in Systems and Information Engineering from University of Virginia, where she worked at the Center for Risk Management of Engineering Systems. She received a B.S. in mathematics from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College. Her major interests are in the areas of risk analysis and management, critical infrastructure management and protection, interdisciplinary engineering education, and risk education.

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William D. Schindel ICTT System Sciences

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William D. Schindel is president of ICTT System Sciences, a systems engineering company, and developer of the Systematica Methodology for model and pattern-based systems engineering. His 40-year engineering career began in mil/aero systems with IBM Federal Systems, Owego, NY, included service as a faculty member of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, and founding of three commercial systems-based enterprises. He has consulted on improvement of engineering processes within automotive, medical/health care, manufacturing, telecommunications, aerospace, and consumer products businesses. Schindel earned the BS and MS in Mathematics.

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Craig G Downing Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

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Craig G. Downing is Department Head and Associate Professor of Engineering Management at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. His teaching responsibilities are focused on delivering graduate-level instruction related to Operations and Quality Systems. His interests are rooted in Academic-Industrial partnerships, Process Improvement, and Action Research in Engineering Management. He is a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt.

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Preparing Our Graduates to be More Effective Leaders In a World of Systems-Oriented RiskToday’s systems are becoming increasingly more complex and more interdependent— thereforethe need for engineers who can effectively innovate, design and manage such systems isbecoming more critical. In order to develop the skill set necessary to succeed in a leadershipposition in a competitive and risky workplace, an engineer must be able to deal with systemssituations. Systems engineering and systems thinking provide a framework for anticipating orenvisioning possible future changes (both within the system boundaries and within theinteractive system’s environment) and for effectively responding to internal and external risksand opportunities in a timely manner.Accordingly, this paper concerns itself with identifying and illustrating a set of teachable SystemCompetencies for Leaders. Much like the technical System Competencies1 for engineers, whichhave already been identified and employed in a classroom setting at our school, SystemCompetencies for Leaders must contain a set of teachable instrumental principles, ideas andmethods. These should enable leaders from all engineering backgrounds to appropriately assessand deal with complex systems situations that require a holistic approach to succeed in acompetitive marketplace.It is with this dictum that the authors began a pilot study to research how the Department ofEngineering Management at our school can enhance its instructional activities, reported in thispaper. This includes both the traditional engineering classroom setting, as well as in theadvanced professional development setting, to prepare our students for the competitive globalworkplace dominated by complex systems problems.

Andrijcic, E., & Schindel, W. D., & Downing, C. G. (2014, June), Preparing Our Graduates to be More Effective Leaders In a World of Systems-Oriented Risk Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--22934

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