Engineering Leadership in London and Paris
About the Program
The field of engineering requires engineers with a knowledge of diverse cultures and different ways of exercising leadership. This project-based program will involve students working in teams as they focus on leadership and the roles that leaders in general, and engineers in particular, have played in addressing historical and contemporary challenges and opportunities in complex engineering systems. Students will be introduced to the historical and cultural factors that condition leadership in society and guide engineering decision-making and problem-solving in a global context throughout history and in the modern world. Students will have the opportunity to interact with local experts and contrast their views on engineering leadership with those from the United States.
"So many memorable and incredible experiences that I will never forget. I recommend this program to anyone who is interested."
- Summer 2017 participant in the Faculty-Led Engineering in England program
EGR 499: Global Perspectives on Engineering Leadership
(3 credit hours):
This course develops an understanding of leadership fundamentals applicable to engineering. Its focus is on application of leadership principles and theories to real-world, multidisciplinary engineering practice in a multicultural global environment. Students will develop proficiency in principles of leadership and understanding of personality types and their bearing on leadership, while exploring group behavior and organizational dynamics in engineering projects, team building, and the role of professionalism and ethics in a global engineering context. The course stresses interactive class participation, personal analysis, student projects, leadership perspectives that can be seen through local site visits, and comparative analyzes of engineering leadership in Europe and the United States.
EGR 499: Project Management in a Global Context
(3 credit hours):
This course addresses the concepts, techniques, and procedures used to manage engineering projects in a global context using an integrated approach for planning, execution, and control. It includes an introduction to the project lifecycle; project scheduling; project budgets; and resource management and control. It also addresses issues of risk, uncertainty, and ethics in a global context. A key goal is to provide the student with sufficient knowledge and tools to contribute effectively as a project team member. Emphasis will be placed on the application of project management concepts in situ and in comparing them with United States practices.
HST 499: History of Leadership: A Global Perspective
(3 credit hours):
This course examines some of the leaders who helped shape the modern world. Students will be able to identify and place in context both the leaders and their decisions, and will also synthesize the contributions into a framework that allows us to understand the development of the EU, NATO, and the United States. Emphasis will be placed on those leaders whose decisions can be seen through site visits and excursions, and students will demonstrate an ability to analyze, write, and present historical information effectively.
UDI 310. MAXIE: Experience
This course aims to make sense of student experience through interactive discussion, group activities, and independent participation. Through reflection, students internalize their study abroad experience and may undergo changes impacting attitudes and actions in their home country and at UD. Graded minicourse required of all student participants.
Professor Beth Hart
(Lecturer, School of Engineering) (Site Coordinator)
Dr. Verb Washington
(Assistant Dean, College of Arts and Sciences)
(Dean, School of Engineering)
Students must be 18 years of age and eligible to take courses for credit at the University of Dayton. Participants in the program must have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Students in good academic standing with a GPA below 2.5 may petition the Center for International Programs for consideration. Students must also be in good disciplinary standing.
For all University of Dayton summer programs, pre-departure orientations play a critical role in making a study abroad a valuable learning experience. All students accepted to participate in University of Dayton’s summer programs are required to take the pre-departure course, UDI 220: MAXIE - Prepare (Maximizing your International Experience). This course helps students develop intercultural communication and sensitivity skills and techniques that can be used in any context, as well as learn site-specific strategies to be employed in-country. Students will be given time to clarify academic and personal goals prior to departure. UDI 220 is a required class for your education abroad experience. It is divided into two parts: the first part involves meeting as a group during the semester prior to departure (5 class meetings plus 2 sessions on concepts of culture and health and safety abroad); the second part includes meeting upon returning to campus in the semester following the in-country experience (two class meetings). The schedule for your MAXIE course will be posted here in October. Classes begin the first week of March and last until the end of the semester.
Once students have changed their status to “committed” in the application system, they should register for UDI 220 via Porches by searching Spring 2018, Mini-Courses (as the Department), selecting UDI 220, and finding the correct section number.
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