This research engages a variety of stakeholders (i.e., engineers in industry, engineering faculty, engineers in academia; and undergraduate students) in an empirical study of undergraduate engineering education. The proposed tool may be used to collect data which might be parsed by a variety of variables (e.g., gender, ethnicity) in an effort to note the similarities and differences in the current states of Purdue’s Engineer of 2020 attributes. Although several of the Purdue 2020 attributes have been explored via existing centers and initiatives, this research is innovation because of its exploration of leadership and change– topics that are not explicitly taught or researched at the undergraduate level within the College of Engineering.
- What are important attributes that contribute to effective and ineffective leadership within non-academic environments?
- What are ways to incorporate leadership concepts in traditional engineering environments and within engineering curricula via case studies?
- How do engineering students and faculty view themselves within the context of leadership?
- How are engineering faculty incorporating engineering leadership concepts (via authentic engineering cases) in traditional engineering courses?
- Identified leadership, recognizing and managing change, and synthesizing engineering, business, and social perspectives attributes important for engineering undergraduates to posses
- Developed a self-assessment tool that measures engineering students’ leadership, change, and synthesis abilities
- Created and presented workshops to engineering faculty on ways to engage students in professional skills, including engineering leadership
Cox, M. F., Cekic, O., Ahn, B., & Zhu, J. (2012). Engineering professionals’ expectations of undergraduate engineering students. Leadership and Management in Engineering, 12(2), 60-70.
Osagiede, A., Cox, M. F., & Ahn, B. (2013, June). A university’s engineering leadership program: Addressing the shortfall on engineering leadership education. 120th American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia.