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Public Speaking, Leadership, and Engineering

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

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June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Graduate Studies Poster Session

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Graduate Studies

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22.1203.1 - 22.1203.15



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Timothy Paul Tallon University of Pittsburgh


Dan Budny University of Pittsburgh

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Director, Freshman Program,
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Public Speaking, Leadership, & EngineeringWhen considering the skills of an engineer, one might say that he/she must havesharp technical skills – be good in math and science. Others might say that anengineer should be able to problem solve effectively. While both of these viewsare correct, they are also, as of more recently, incomplete. With the changing ofmodern business practices, employers are saying that their engineers must also be– now more than ever – confident public speakers and leaders.The widespread change in employers‟ views resonated deeply into theengineering education community, even shaping the criteria for ABETaccreditation. Following these changes, engineering universities haveexperimented with developing the public speaking and leadership skills of theirstudents in a variety of ways – some successful, while others not as fruitful.Although well-intentioned, many of these experiments get implemented without athorough evaluation on their helpfulness to students. Until the approaches of theseskills are formally assessed, universities will not fully understand theconsequences of their curriculum.This proposed student poster presentation will present the results of a study on theimpact of proving public speaking opportunities in the engineering curriculum.The presentation will summarize the roadblocks to improving student skills andpossible solutions to these roadblocks.

Tallon, T. P., & Budny, D. (2011, June), Public Speaking, Leadership, and Engineering Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18725

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