June 18, 2006
June 18, 2006
June 21, 2006
11.1270.1 - 11.1270.12
The Development of a Curriculum to Instill Engineering Leadership & Management Skills in Undergraduate Students Abstract
A report published by the National Academy of Engineering entitled “Educating the Engineer of 2020: Adapting Engineering Education to the New Century”, has identified the necessity to instill leadership and management skills in future engineering graduates. Therefore, the need to teach leadership and management skills within engineering programs is becoming more prevalent. Currently, the majority of engineers that graduate with a bachelor degree have never worked on developing these skills during their academic programs. Considering the gap in covering leadership and management topics in Engineering Education, curriculum reform is needed to adequately prepare students. Thus, this paper discusses the development of a minor program of specialty in Engineering Leadership & Management that can be pursued by all engineering and computer science majors while completing a BS degree.
Keywords: Leadership, Management, Engineering Education, and Curriculum Reform.
Engineering education in the United States is currently undergoing a crucial period of awareness where the necessity to reform academic program curriculum is becoming more evident in order to maintain technological leadership and competitiveness of the US in a global economy. The following table shows the "Occupational employment projections to 2012", published in the February 2004 Monthly Labor Review.
Employment by occupation, 2002 and projected 2012 [Numbers in thousands of jobs] 2000 Standard Occupation Total job openings Classification Employment Change due to growth Number % distribution and net replacements, Title Code 2002 2012 2002 2012 Number Percent 2002-12 (1)
Aerospace eng. 17-2011 78 74 0.1 0.0 -4 -5.2 19
Civil eng. 17-2051 228 246 0.2 0.1 18 8.0 55
Computer eng. 17-2061 74 78 0.1 0.0 5 6.1 17
Electrical/ 17-2070 292 309 0.2 0.2 17 5.7 74 electronics eng.
Environmental 17-2081 47 65 0.0 0.0 18 38.2 26 eng.
Industrial eng. 17-2110 194 213 0.1 0.1 20 10.1 67
Ferreras, A., & Crumpton-Young, L., & Furterer, S., & Rabelo, L., & Williams, K., & McCauley-Bell, P., & Hampton, E. (2006, June), The Development Of A Curriculum To Instill Engineering Leadership & Management Skills In Undergraduate Students Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--1416
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