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Research Publications

Published Work

Troost ILead's growing body of research includes program descriptions, evaluations and analyses of our ILead and similar engineering leadership education programs across Canada and the United States.

What We Publish

Through its research, ILead has contributed to international scholarly discussions on engineering leadership in the classroom and the workplace.

Our classroom research explores engineering leadership, teamwork, engineering ethics and equity, undergraduate student experience. In the area of workplace and professional practice research, we our multi-phase Engineering Leadership projects examine how engineers lead over their career trajectories.

Publications by Year

Publications are also housed on the Lead TSpace site, contained within the ISTEP repository. 

ILead Research Team Archives

A perfect introduction for curious students, educators, researchers or professionals, the ILead Research Team (IRT) Archives are summaries from a selection of the institute’s academic work in engineering leadership education research. Originally created for a student audience, anyone curious about developing leadership capacity in engineering classrooms, workplaces, and organizations is encouraged to explore these posts, or download the full papers.

ALL IRT

ILead Research Team (IRT) Archives, full collection

Here, we've compiled the archives into an interactive pdf that can be downloaded and shared

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Perceived Importance and Confidence in Leadership Ability: A National Survey of Final Year Canadian Engineering Students

Perceived Importance and Confidence in Leadership Ability: A National Survey of Final Year Canadian Engineering Students Engineering educational institutions and workplaces looking to attract students and professionals to leadership training opportunities can benefit from understanding the extent to which engineering students across demographic groups value leadership. In this study, Kovalchuk et al analyzed questions pertaining… Read more »

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Where’s my code? Engineers navigating ethical issues on an uneven terrain.

Where’s my code? Engineers navigating ethical issues on an uneven terrain For November, we continue to highlight the many spaces and places where engineering, ethics and equity meet with Where’s my code? Engineers navigating ethical issues on an uneven terrain. Rottmann et al. unpack 15  interviews with engineering students and professionals to examine why it… Read more »

IRt archives

Gendered patterns in senior engineers’ leadership learning

It’s long been acknowledged that women engineers are underrepresented in the profession when compared to men. Unsurprisingly, this includes significant underrepresentation in engineering leadership roles at engineering firms and organizations. In “Gendered patterns in senior engineers’ leadership learning,” Macdonald-Roach et al., seek to understand the workplace leadership learning experiences and career trajectories of female engineers,… Read more »

IRt archives

Wisdom Through Adversity: Situated Leadership Learning of Engineering Leaders

This month for the ILead Research Team (IRT) Archives, we feature a deep, qualitative exploration of the workplace struggles of 29 senior engineering leaders, examining how adversity has taught them to lead. If you ever wanted a window into the challenges that senior leaders experience day-to-day and where the value of those challenges lie, Wisdom… Read more »

IRt archives

Counting past two: Engineers’ leadership learning trajectories

In Counting past two: Engineers’ leadership learning trajectories Rottmann et al., examine the career paths and workplace learning experiences of 28 senior engineers. The study seeks to understand how engineers learn to lead as their technical and managerial roles merge, focusing on how day-to-day experiences on the job influence leadership development. This paper challenges the assumption… Read more »

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Sports, arts and concrete canoes: Engineers learning to lead outside the formal curriculum

Few would disagree that engaging in opportunities beyond the classroom is central to engineering students’ leadership development. But how do we know this for sure? And, how do we know which extra-curricular and co-curricular activities have the greatest influence on students’ development? Our July paper “Sports, arts and concrete canoes: Engineers learning to lead outside the formal curriculum,” explores these… Read more »

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 I Have a PhD! Now What?

I have a PhD, now what? Does that question sound familiar?  Approximately 26% of U of T Engineering PhD alumni are employed in tenure-track positions. The majority of PhD alumni find rewarding careers in diverse sectors, and mobilize their transferrable skills to make contributions to the scientific community, industry, and broader society beyond the academy…. Read more »

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An intersubjective analysis of engineering leadership across organizational locations: Implications for higher education

At Troost ILead, we believe that leadership begins with the self. As such, it is important to consider where the self is situated. For instance, are you a club leader, student government representative, community leader, parent, older sibling, design team leader, or student in a leadership course? How have your varied experiences shaped your personal… Read more »

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Charting the landscape of engineering leadership education in North American universities

This month we dive into Klassen et al’s ‘Charting the landscape of engineering leadership education in North American universities’, which offers a framework for comparing 15 North American Engineering Leadership (EL) programs. The authors identified over 200 different program elements, from courses to workshops to services for student leaders across the 15 schools. They suggest that engineering… Read more »

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Equity as rebar: Bridging the micro/macro divide in engineering ethics education

For many years, ILead’s research team has incorporated a strong focus on equity, diversity and inclusion into their research. For March, we highlight ‘Equity as rebar: Bridging the micro/macro divide in engineering ethics education’.  Personal and professional ethics are irrevocably tied to social impact, leaving engineering ethics  incomplete when decoupled from equity. In this paper,… Read more »

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