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 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/Time||Location||Speaker(s)||Institutional Affiliation||Seminar Title|
|October 18, 2017|
|WB215||Gregg Warnick & Alan Parkinson||College of Engineering and Technology, Brigham Young University||Taking the Road Less Traveled: Institutionalizing Leadership Development at a Large College of Engineering and Technology|
|November 16, 2017|
|WB215||Gerard Seijts||Ivey Business School, Western University||What is Leader Character and How Does It Influence How We Lead?|
|January 11, 2018|
|WB215||Mary Crossan||Ivey Business School, Western University||Developing Leadership Character|
|February 7, 2018|
|WB215||Bill Schell||College of Engineering, Montana State University||Understanding Leadership Identity and Leadership Development Experiences of Engineering Students|
|March 7, 2018|
|WB215||Erin A. Cech||Department of Sociology, University of Michigan||Professional Culture and Inequality in Engineering|
|March 28, 2018|
|WB215||Alison Olechowski||MIE & ILead, University of Toronto||Leadership and Decision-making in Complex Engineering Design Projects|