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The Ethics, Leadership And Entrepreneurship Seminar: Helping Students To Become Leaders

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2007 Annual Conference & Exposition


Honolulu, Hawaii

Publication Date

June 24, 2007

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June 24, 2007

End Date

June 27, 2007



Conference Session

Entrepreneurship Tuesday Poster Session

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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation

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12.1424.1 - 12.1424.10



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Joseph Morgan Texas A&M University

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JOSEPH MORGAN joined the Department of Engineering Technology at Texas A&M University in 1989 and is currently the Associate Department Head. His current areas of interest included radar systems, data acquisition, and control systems. He received the MS degree in industrial engineering, and the D.E. in industrial engineering from Texas A&M University.

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Jay Porter Texas A&M University

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JAY PORTER joined the Department of Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution at Texas A&M University in 1998 and is currently the Program Coordinator for the Electronics and Telecommunications Programs. He received the BS degree in electrical engineering (1987), the MS degree in physics (1989), and the Ph.D. in electrical engineering (1993) from Texas A&M University.

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Marc Lockard Lockard and White, Inc

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MARC LOCKARD is the founder, Chairman, and CEO of Lockard and White, Inc. in Houston, TX. Lockard and White is a telecommunications project management and engineering firm with over 25 years of experience in providing telcommunications solutions for the utilities, petrochemical and railroad industries.

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The Ethics, Leadership, and Entrepreneurship Seminar: Helping Students to Become Leaders Abstract

Recently, the Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering Technology (EET/TET) Programs at Texas A&M University have created a new undergraduate initiative in the area of entrepreneurship. The goals of the Engineering Entrepreneurship Education Experience (E4) are threefold: • Excite and motivate undergraduate students to take ownership of their education by giving them opportunities to develop and market their own intellectual property. • Retain the best and brightest undergraduate talent in the Brazos Valley region. • Use entrepreneurship to help undergraduates develop ethical and leadership qualities.

The E4 initiative affords teams of students two semesters in which to develop an idea, plan their project, and implement a commercially viable product prototype. The most successful projects will be selected for an additional semester of business development incubation. However, it was quickly recognized that students needed access to experienced mentors who could guide and teach them as they transitioned through the E4 process. To this end, the Ethics, Leadership, and Entrepreneurship (ELE) Seminar was created.

The ELE Seminar is a one hour extension of the first course in the E4 sequence where regional industry and entrepreneurial leaders conduct weekly roundtable discussions on ethics, leadership and entrepreneurship. The format of the seminar inherently fosters leadership in the students. Each E4 team of students is required to recruit a speaker and help them select a topic. On the day of the seminar, the student group hosts their guest during the seminar and actively participates in the roundtable discussion. It is the responsibility of the team to ensure that the speaker stays on topic and that relevant questions are being asked. After the seminar, the student team takes their guest to dinner for follow-on discussions.

The seminar has now been conducted for two semesters and has been extremely successful. Guests have included Vice-Presidents from regional companies, a Houston-based venture capitalist, and the President of Texas A&M University. Several student teams have formed relationships with their guests and are having continued professional interactions. This paper will describe the ELE Seminar process, discuss specific guest examples, and relate the seminar to success in the E4 initiative.


With the implementation of the new outcomes-based TAC of ABET accreditation process, Engineering Technology programs are now required to integrate into the undergraduate educational experience relevant material focused on such topics as: An ability to understand professional, ethical, and social responsibility; A respect for diversity and a knowledge of contemporary professional, societal, and global issues, and; A commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.

Morgan, J., & Porter, J., & Lockard, M. (2007, June), The Ethics, Leadership And Entrepreneurship Seminar: Helping Students To Become Leaders Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--2571

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