Engineering Leadership Education The Search for Definition and a Curricular Approach

  • Richard J Schuhmann


While industry and academia agree that leadership skills are critical for engineering graduates, there exists no consensus regarding the definition of engineering leadership. The engineering leadership development program at Penn State University has a decade-long experience in teaching leadership to engineering undergraduates. In response to faculty review in 2005 changes were made to the existing curriculum within the framework of literature benchmarking and faculty perspectives on engineering leadership as pedagogy. Educational objectives and outcomes were defined and courses enhanced or created to satisfy these needs. The most significant changes to the curriculum were in the area of global leadership.