Engineering Leadership Research Seminar – Taking the Road Less Traveled: Institutionalizing Leadership Development at a Large College of Engineering and Technology

October 18, 2017 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
200 College St
Toronto, ON M5T 3A1

More than ten years ago the college leadership at Brigham Young University located in Provo, Utah, USA adopted five focus areas for undergraduate engineering and technology programs: Leadership, Innovation/Entrepreneurship, Global Agility, High Character Development, and Technical Excellence, known in the college by the acronym, “LIGHT.” To provide resources in support of these focus area, the college established a Center for Global Leadership with a $10 million gift from an alumnus.

As part of these efforts, the college established a required sophomore level course for all engineering and technology students on leadership principles, ethics and global issues. During each academic year, 12-15 sections, with 60-80 students per section, are taught. The course is part of an overall path to leadership framework whereby students are introduced to the importance of leadership as freshmen, learn foundational leadership principles as sophomores, and practice these principles and juniors and seniors.

In this presentation, the dean during this time and the head of the Center will share lessons learned including the successes and failures we have experienced.

Gregg Warnick, Brigham Young University

Gregg M. Warnick is the Director of the Weidman Center for Global Leadership and Associate Teaching Professor of Engineering Leadership within the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology at Brigham Young University (BYU). The center provides oversight for leadership development and international activities within the college and he works actively with students, faculty and staff to promote and develop increased capabilities in global agility and leadership. His research and teaching interests include developing global agility, globalization, leadership, project management, ethics, and manufacturing processes. Gregg has lived in numerous locations within the USA and Europe and has worked in many places including North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Prior to joining BYU, Gregg worked for Becton Dickinson, a Global Medical Technology fortune 500 Company.  In this capacity he worked as a product development engineer, quality engineer, technical lead, business leader and program/project manager managing many different global projects.  Gregg received his PhD in Educational Leadership and Higher Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Master of Technology Management degree and a BS in Manufacturing Engineering Technology, from Brigham Young University. Gregg also does consulting in project management and leadership working with IPS Learning and Stanford University where he provides training for fortune 500 companies throughout the world.

Alan Parkinson

Alan R. Parkinson is a professor of Mechanical Engineering at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, USA. He served as dean of the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology from 2005 to 2016. The college is home to more than 4000 students in ten programs. Before his appointment as dean, he served as associate dean and also as chair of the Mechanical Engineering department. Dr. Parkinson received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois and his B.S. and M.B.A. degrees from BYU. His research interests include optimization methods in engineering design, robust design, and engineering education, including a focus on international engineering education and leadership development. Dr. Parkinson received the Design Automation Award in 2003 from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers for his work in robust design and design optimization. He was elected to Fellow status in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 2004, and received the distinguished alumnus award from the University of Illinois in 2010.

Mark your calendars for our other seminars:

Date/TimeLocationSpeaker(s)Institutional AffiliationSeminar Title
October 18, 2017
WB215Gregg Warnick & Alan ParkinsonCollege of Engineering and Technology, Brigham Young UniversityTaking the Road Less Traveled: Institutionalizing Leadership Development at a Large College of Engineering and Technology
November 16, 2017
WB215Gerard SeijtsIvey Business School, Western UniversityWhat is Leader Character and How Does It Influence How We Lead?
January 11, 2018
WB215Mary CrossanIvey Business School, Western UniversityElevating & Activating Leader Character Alongside Competence
February 7, 2018
WB215Bill SchellCollege of Engineering, Montana State UniversityUnderstanding Leadership Identity and Leadership Development Experiences of Engineering Students
March 7, 2018
GB202Erin A. CechDepartment of Sociology, University of MichiganProfessional Culture and Inequality in Engineering
April 11, 2018
WB215Alison OlechowskiMIE & ILead, University of TorontoLeadership and Decision-making in Complex Engineering Design Projects