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Using Leadership Education Practices to Enhance Freshmen Engineering Student Interviewing Skills

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

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June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



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Engineering Leadership Development Division Technical Session

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Engineering Leadership Development Division

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23.1324.1 - 23.1324.8



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David Bayless Ohio University

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Dr. Bayless is the Loehr professor of Mechanical Engineering and the director of Ohio University’s Center of Excellence in Energy and the Environment. He is also the director of the Robe Leadership Institute, director of the Center for Algal Engineering Research and Commercialization (an Ohio Third Frontier Wright Project), and director of the Ohio Coal Research Center at Ohio University, where he is engaged in the development of energy and environmental technology, such as producing algal-based fuels coupled with mitigation of greenhouse gases, bioreactor design, novel fluidized bed gasification and thermal processing of solid fuels, and adapting planar solid oxide fuel cells to coal-derived syngas. He has been principal investigator for over $15 million in externally funded research, holds several patents with three revenue generating licenses, and over 50 peer-reviewed publications in the fields of pollution control and energy conversions.
Dr. Bayless formerly worked for American Electric Power (Gavin and Amos Plants) and was an officer in the United States Navy. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Profs. Richard Buckius and James Peters, advisors.) He was the technical administrator of the State of Ohio’s Coal Research Consortium, funded by the Ohio Coal Development Office, from 2000 to 2007. He consults for several industrial, financial and legal firms. He is a licensed professional engineer in Missouri and Ohio and a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers

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Using Leadership Education Practices to Enhance Engineering Student EngagementA key component in the leadership education program for engineering graduating seniors at OhioUniversity is interviewing established leaders. Through the interview, small groups of studentsprepare for and engage the established leader to explore the leader’s characteristics, experiences,and methods of leadership. As will be documented in the paper, surveys have found this a farmore meaningful learning experience for the students than traditional lecturing by theleader/speaker. Further, it has also been shown to increase student confidence in their ability tocommunicate, listen, and reflect.This technique was used to improve communication and engagement in freshmen mechanicalengineering students. As a result of feedback from co-op employers and hiring interviewers, anotable deficiency among a significant number of underclassmen at Ohio University wasidentified as engagement during career-related interviews. By having small groups of freshmenengage in-class speakers in an interview format compared to traditional lectures, the studentsself-identified a significant increase in learning satisfaction and retention of informationcompared to the groups that received the same information via traditional lecture. Throughanalysis of student surveys, the preliminary conclusion of this work is that by placing theresponsibility (and consequences) for learning on the engineering student in limited situationscan significantly aid in their development of skills needed to improve their leadership,communication, and engagement skills.

Bayless, D. (2013, June), Using Leadership Education Practices to Enhance Freshmen Engineering Student Interviewing Skills Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22709

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