June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
Engineering Leadership Development Division
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“The Touchstone Engineering Leadership Development Program”Great engineering leaders require more than great technical skills. The president emeritus of aprivate Midwestern research university has spoken of a vision of leadership based on “threeC’s:” competence, commitment, and compassion. The mayor of the city where that universityresides speaks of leadership through engagement, “where talent meets purpose.”The Touchstone Engineering Leadership program at this university seeks to deliver on thesevisions of leadership though a partnership between the College of Engineering, the College ofBusiness, and the Campus Center for Social Concerns, the local city Department of PublicWorks, and other community stakeholders. The name “Touchstone” refers to the strong andrecurring role that the university plays throughout the lives of students and alumni, as well as therole that it plays in the cultural and economic life of the surrounding community. The programhas three distinct yet interrelated curricular offerings, each targeted towards participants atdifferent levels of experience and mastery of leadership skills, that draw from a common skillsinventory and set of core values. These offerings are as follows: Leadership Enhancements to Existing Undergraduate Courses: Project-based first-year engineering courses and senior capstone design courses have been enhanced to include leadership modules with the goal of introducing skills to make project teams more effective. A key focus is the role of self-awareness in effective leadership (and follower- ship). While these projects may have external stakeholders, project scope is still largely academic in nature. Students are expected to progress from a novice to apprentice level of mastery of leadership skills. Engineering Undergraduate Executive Education through Community Engagement: Select undergraduate students comprising largely the leadership of engineering student organizations are invited to participate in this intensive program, aimed at enhancing the effectiveness of these organizations and the leadership skills of their members. The curriculum of this program is based on the continuing Executive Education program of the College of Business, adapted to the “undergraduate executive” context. As part of this program, the undergraduate engineering organizations are encouraged to “bid” on community projects suggested by the local Department of Public Works to apply both technical and leadership skills. These projects have a broader range of stakeholders and more complex constraints than typical academic projects, and participants are expected to progress from an apprentice to journeyman level of mastery of leadership skills. Continuing Executive Engineering Leadership Education: This offering is designed to support alumni and other engineering professions through key leadership transitions throughout their careers as the progress toward a master skill level of leadership. Offered as fee-based two-day workshops held on campus, these programs include networking with students in the undergraduate executive leadership program, and also help financially support the undergraduate offerings.The final presentation and paper will detail the experiences and outcomes over the first two yearsof this program, which includes enhancements to existing courses reaching over 500 students,undergraduate executive education programs with over 50 students, and continuing education foralumni and other with over 15 students.
Brockman, J. B., & Goodrich, V. E., & Gilot, G. A. (2015, June), The Touchstone Engineering Leadership Development Program Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24914
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