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时间:2018-04-21

BUAA Engineering Leadership Program

Engineering is…

The application of science, mathematics, economic, and social knowledge

To solve problems (invent, design, build, maintain, and improve)

By building structures, machines, tools, systems, components, products, processes, and organizations.

Leadership is…

The ability to create a vision for a positive change,

Help focus resources on right solutions,

Inspire and motivate others, and

Enable opportunities for growth and development.

Background

In today’s fast pace and change-driven environment, it has become ever more critical for organizations to ensure that they have the engineering talent to expeditiously step in into leadership roles. Many engineering executives report that when relatively inexperienced engineers run their first team or project, the clear majority fail to satisfy all of the project’s critical requirements. A fundamental disconnect seems to exist between industry needs and the output of contemporary engineering education as it pertains to critical leadership skills.

Therefore, recognizing that many engineers - at some point in their careers -will have to take over leadership roles, BUAA General Engineering has determined that a unique characteristic of its program will be providing its student with engineering leadership capabilities. This decision is aligned with world-class initiatives such as the Gordon Institute of Engineering Leadership programs in MIT and Northeastern University in the United States. Indeed, many elements of those programs have been adopted in BUAA’s

Engineering Leadership    

Engineers are taught to think analytically and systematically. By adding up leadership skills on top of these strengths, one will become a much more effective and resourceful engineer. These engineers will demonstrate an exceptional ability to lead teams and projects by providing purpose, direction and motivation, influencing others to achieve their collective goals. These engineers will become the key catalysts in the process converting ideas to reality. These are the engineering leaders we aim to form.                          

Program Goal                        

Develop leadership skills and attitudes in engineering students

Skills: abilities, strengths, competencies                                                

Attitudes: beliefs, values, feelings and dispositions to act in certain ways

Among other objectives, BUAA General Engineering School aims to assure that the students they graduate will be adaptive leaders that work effectively in multidisciplinary teams…” This entails providing students not only with strong analytical skills, but also with leadership competencies such as vision, creativity, superior communication skills, high ethical standards, resourcefulness, flexibility - among other.

This Engineering Leadership Program addresses that challenge!

Program Expected Outcomes              

Communicate effectively

Exhibit high moral, professional and ethical conduct

Possess systems’ thinking skills

Demonstrate creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial skills

Posses project management skills

Exhibit critical and strategic thinking skills

Exhibit complex problem solving skills

Possess effective communication skills

Possess emotional intelligence skills

Demonstrate flexibility, adaptability, and multicultural sensibility

Demonstrate quality decision making skills

Program Fundamental Teaching/Learning Strategies

Continuous assessment

Initial, formative and summative assessments by students (self and peer assessments), faculty and projects’ sponsors to promote reflection and growth

Engineering leadership foundations curriculum

Courses centered on selected leadership topics

Supplemental leadership development and experiential learning activities

Activities to expose students to real-life industry and stimulate them to apply lessons learned into their student projects

Mentoring

Experienced individuals - including professional leaders, professors and graduate students (e.g., MBA’s) - will share knowledge, experience, and advice with students

Cross cohort sharing /Peer-to-peer learning

Students will share experiences as a way of enhancing the learning process and developing a shared feeling of pride and mutual loyalty (“esprit de corps”)  

Leadership Competencies Guiding the Program

Top 5 Key Leadership Competencies    

Vision

Ability to create and share compelling image of the future

Initiative

Willingness to fulfill the vision through an appropriate course of action to move from abstraction to implementation

System Thinking

Understanding the linkages and interactions between the components that comprise the entirety of the system

Strategic Focus

Ability to look forward and see the bigger picture, to think at a higher level than what’s on your daily action list

Resourcefulness

Willingness to embrace various views to respond to change, and take alternative courses of action when necessary

Other Key Leadership Competencies

Communication

Pervasive communication skills, including an attitude of advocacy when required, and listening and genuinely understanding others

Interpersonal Skills

Respect of individuals and group, awareness and recognition of own and others’ strengths, ability to formulate development plans and provide coaching and feedback

Ethical Actions and Integrity

Having the resolve and courage to act ethically and with integrity

Decision Making

Ability to make quality and timely decisions in the face of risk and uncertainty; ability to reflect about your decision making process to keep improving

Responsibility and Determination

Will to face difficulties head-on and get things done on time

Self-Awareness and Self-Improvement

Awareness of one’s own personal, interpersonal and professional strengths and weaknesses, and ability to proactively plan for one’s continuing self-improvement

Engage and Connect

Ability to appreciate and connect with those who have different perspectives, treat others as equals regardless of status or background, and embrace diversity - Across Disciplines, Skills, Cultures

Negotiate and Compromise

Ability to identify disagreement or conflict, draw the best ideas from conflicting views, and find mutually acceptable solutions


 

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