Just released: Student Leadership Development in Engineering source book

It is with excitement that we share the publication of Student Leadership Development in Engineering, a source book co-edited by Cindy Rottmann and Meagan Kendall.

The publication of this source book signals engineering leadership education’s emergence as a robust field of enquiry, instruction, learning and practice. Leadership educators, researchers and practitioners are invited to explore the recommendations and approaches to infusing the engineering classroom and workplace with leadership learning.

We are particularly happy to recognize the chapter contribution of ILead’s Teresa Didiano and Annie Simpson on pedagogical approaches, the ILead case study by Emily Moore, and an exploration of the field’s future directions in the closing chapter by Cindy Rottmann and Meagan Kendall.

The editorial is free to access at: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/toc/23733357/2022/2022/173

For a fulsome preview of the content, please refer to the chapter summaries below.

Table of Contents


Meagan Kendall, Cindy Rottmann



  1. Motivating the Need for an Engineering-Specific Approach to Student Leadership Development

Meagan R. Kendall, Debbie Chachra, Kyle G. Gipson, Kate Roach

This article illustrates the need for an engineering-specific approach to student leadership development by exploring two contrasting case studies and the unique issues inherent to leading as engineers. 

  1. The History of Engineering Leadership Development in Academia: Influences, Influencers, and a General Roadmap

Meg Handley, Dena Lang, Paul Mittan, Andrea Ragonese

This article provides an overview of the formation of engineering leadership programs across North America. The article describes how programs, learning communities, and research influenced the engineering leadership field.

  1. In Search of a Definition and Frameworks for Engineering Leadership Development

Rebecca L. D. Komarek

Despite an elusive definition of engineering leadership, this article describes how educators and researchers forge ahead to identify disparate and complementary theories which frame engineering leadership.


  1. Pedagogical Approaches for Facilitating Engineering Leadership Development

Teresa J. Didiano, Annie E. Simpson, David Bayless

This article describes transformative, impactful pedagogical practices that engage students in the process of leadership development. The authors share practical examples of instructional strategies and facilitation techniques from curricular and co-curricular initiatives.

  1. Team Leadership in Engineering Education

Kim Graves Wolfinbarger

Teamwork is an integral part of leadership, and many teamwork skills are also leadership skills. This article explains how instructors can help engineering students build their capacity for leadership while working in teams. 

  1. Measuring a Moving Target: Techniques for Engineering Leadership Evaluation and Assessment

Brian J. Novoselich, David B. Knight

This article provides engineering educators with a comprehensive overview of engineering leadership assessment and evaluation for undergraduate engineering students to help instigate positive change for the future of the field.

  1. The Unseen Work of Establishing Engineering Leadership Development Initiatives

Elizabeth M. Melvin, Boz Bowles, Adrienne Steele

Regardless of the scale, establishing an engineering leadership program takes time, effort, and flexibility to get it right. This article encourages program developers to consider six steps central to program creation and continuous growth. 


  1. Diversity of Engineering Leadership Program Design

John R. Donald, Marnie V. Jamieson

This article outlines the diversity of engineering leadership programs by comparing origin stories, definitions, program structure, instructional strategies, research, and program evaluation approaches of seven North American engineering leadership programs. 

Case Study 1: The Citadel – Jeffery Plumblee, David Greenburg 

Case Study 2: James Madison University – Kyle G. Gipson, Kurt G. Paterson 

Case Study 3: Massachusetts Institute of Technology – David Niño

Case Study 4: Pennsylvania State University – Dena Lang, John Jongho Park, Meg Handley 

Case Study 5: University of California San Diego – Ebonee P. M. Williams 

Case Study 6: University of Texas at El Paso – Cole Joslyn 

Case Study 7: University of Toronto – Emily Moore


  1. Inclusive Leadership Development for Engineers

Meagan Pollock, James Holly, Jr., Pamela Leggett-Robinson
This article presents a standards-aligned, strategy-driven leadership development model for equipping engineering students with skills to appreciate workplace differences and collaborate and lead inclusively.

  1. Developing an Engineering Leadership Identity

William J. Schell, Bryce E. Hughes

This article posits the importance of viewing leadership development in engineering through an identity lens. The authors draw on findings from two national surveys and student focus groups to derive a model locating engineering leadership identity development at the intersection of engineering and leadership identities. 

  1. Contextualizing Engineering Leadership Development in STEM

John M. Richardson, III, Karla S. McCain

This article explores similarities and differences between STEM and engineering-focused leadership programs. In particular, the authors draw attention to the advantages of having a professionally endorsed leadership development model in engineering. A comparatively divergent approach to leadership development in STEM has led to a patchwork of programs across the nation, each with its unique brand of skills development.

  1. Looking to the Future: Four Key Purposes of Engineering Leadership Education

Cindy Rottmann, Meagan R. Kendall

The final article in this sourcebook examines four key purposes of engineering leadership education: the pursuit of knowledge, a process of personal development, a period of professional socialization, and a catalyst for social transformation. The editors of this collection summarize the contributions of NDSL sourcebook authors while paving the way for engineering leadership development as a catalyst for societal change.