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The Design and Implementation of Engineering Leadership Programs: A Comparative Study

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2016 ASEE International Forum


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 25, 2016

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June 25, 2016

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June 25, 2016

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Concurrent Paper Tracks Session II Skills Development

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Hu Yu Shanghai Jiao Tong University

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Yu Hu is a graduate student at the Graduate School of Education in Shanghai Jiao Tong University. She obtained a B.S. in biotechnology from Hebei Normal University. Her current interest focuses on engineering leadership, cognitive development of engineering graduate and undergraduate students, the assessment of teaching and learning in graduate education.

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Jiabin Zhu Shanghai Jiao Tong University

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Jiabin Zhu is an Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Education at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Her primary research interests relate to the assessment of teaching and learning in engineering, cognitive development of graduate and undergraduate students, and global engineering. She received her Ph.D. from the School of Engineering Education, Purdue University in 2013.

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Changing technological world requires future engineers not only show excellent technical skills, but also possess multiple skills and attributes, in particular leadership skills. Against this context, some universities and engineering colleges have developed pioneering engineering leadership programs to promote leadership among engineering students. This paper compares twenty-one engineering leadership programs around the world by analyzing the differences and similarities across these programs via text analysis. By exploring the outcomes and implementation of these engineering leadership programs, this paper found that visioning/setting goals, thinking or reasoning skills, interpersonal skills and ethics are the key attributes emphasized in these engineering programs. Lectures, field trips and practical experiences are the most common implementation platforms to develop engineering leadership. This paper aims to offer a comprehensive understanding of current practices and offer suggestions for designing similar engineering leadership programs in the future.

Yu, H., & Zhu, J. (2016, June), The Design and Implementation of Engineering Leadership Programs: A Comparative Study Paper presented at 2016 ASEE International Forum, New Orleans, Louisiana.

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