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International Engineering and Leadership Coursework

ENES 316: Global Perspectives of Leadership in Engineering, Business, and Technology

The purpose of this class is to provide students with an opportunity to integrate the study of global leadership and international business development in engineering and technology, with an international immersion experience. This course is intended to prepare students to reflect upon and further develop their own capacities for global leadership.

Through this course, students will:

  • Clarify their own understanding of leadership through experiencing a different culture
  • Develop a strong understanding of views on leadership in engineering, business, and technology from multiple global perspectives
  • Develop an understanding of the nature and scope of global engineering challenges, and the leadership that is necessary to address those engineering challenges
  • Learn to discuss cultural differences and engage across difference
  • Gain an understanding of the connection between culture and leadership
  • Collaborate by engaging in group projects and discussions
  • Critically reflect on one’s own capacities for global leadership and continue the creation of personal development plans to address growth areas
  • Continue to gain communication and technical skills by reflecting on experiences through a digital images project

ENES 316 Sample Syllabus


ENES 317: Introduction to Engineering Leadership Development

The purpose of ENES 317 is for students to acquire and integrate leadership theories and concepts in engineering practice. Students will learn to navigate group and organizational environments and apply leadership in diverse engineering contexts. In addition, students will explore their own leadership philosophy and leadership capacities in the context of group practice.

Through this course students will have the opportunity to:

  • Increase self-awareness through the exploration of values, beliefs, culture, and identity
  • Learn the basics of group roles, dynamics, and decision-making in order to function constructively in group settings
  • Apply critical thinking to leadership theories in an engineering context
  • Build an awareness of leadership issues facing our communities, the engineering field and society
  • Increase leadership and communication efficacy and skill in order to be successful in engineering practice
  • Apply leadership and organizational development theories and concepts to real-world engineering industry situations

ENES317 fulfills a Scholarship in Practice requirement for the General Education Program

ENES 317 Sample Syllabus


ENES 424: Engineering Leadership Capstone

ENES 424 completes the engineering leadership development minor by integrating theory with practice. The course includes self-assessments, readings and discussion, practical exercises, and a leadership project.  Students will leave this class having synthesized material from the leadership coursework sequence in the minor as well as have an opportunity to apply leadership learning in engineering practice.

An inquiry-based learning approach will be used where much of the time in the course will be spent engaging in conversation on important and complex questions. Additionally, this class has been designed to position each student to facilitate leadership learning with the engineering leadership minor community. Finally, students will be given a great amount of flexibility in this course to reflect the seminar approach to learning as well as fulfilling the purpose of a capstone course experience.

As a result of this course, students will:

  • Develop a greater understanding of your personal capacities for leadership
  • Increase self-awareness of you as a leader
  • Have a strong understanding of strengths-based leadership and how it can be applied in engineering industry
  • Deepen your own thinking about leadership theories and practices
  • Apply critical thinking to the complexity of the field of leadership
  • Continue to develop an awareness of leadership issues facing engineering industry
  • Integrate theory with practice
  • Successfully design and implement a leadership project based on your talents and strengths
  • Enhance communication skills (written and presentation)
  • Refine your own personal philosophy of leadership to guide you in transitions from collegiate leadership environments to new contexts

ENES 424 Sample Syllabus


ENES 472: International Business Cultures for Engineering, Business, and Technology

Preparing to practice engineering in a global economy has become increasingly important for new engineers to advance in their careers. In addition to a strong engineering background, the current job market demands a greater need for engineers with cross-cultural experience and foreign language abilities. For students who are planning a career in engineering or other technology related field, understanding the impact of technology solutions in a global context is crucial.  Gaining competency in intercultural communication skills is similarly key to engineering student entering the global workplace.  The ENES 472 course will facilitate the acquisition of these global capabilities in the area of technology and engineering.

The goal of this course is to provide students with an understanding of cultural aspects pertaining to global business and engineering and thereby increasing their awareness of the cultural factors that motivate decisions and behavior in the business world. You will gain an understanding of how the business cultures in the rest of the world diverge from that of the United States; and you will begin to develop the cultural understanding, attitudes, and communication skills needed to function appropriately.

The course has been offered on campus in the fall and spring semester, as an online course or Maryland faculty-led short-term course abroad in the summer semester and as a Maryland faculty-led short-term course in Australia during the winter-term. ENES472 fulfills the Cultural Competence requirements for the General Education Program.

ENES472 Sample Syllabus (pdf)


ENES 474: Global Perspectives of Engineering

The goal of this course is to provide students an opportunity to combine their experiences abroad with in depth research on engineering in that country.  Students will produce a report on various aspects of engineering in their destination country including leading fields of research, key world markets, and the culture of the engineering workplace.  In addition, students will develop a profile of the country itself with regard to social, political, economic, and historical information.  Upon completion of the course, students will produce a comprehensive report representing their expertise in their destination country and the field of engineering within. ENES474 fulfills a requirement for the Minor in International Engineering and may be used as an elective for some engineering majors.

ENES474 Sample Syllabus (pdf)