Note: The Minor in Engineering Leadership Development will not be available to new students beginning in Fall 2018.

The Minor in Engineering Leadership Development will prepare engineering students for life-long leadership roles in education, industry, and government. The minor will complement the technical skills and knowledge students acquire during their academic careers to better prepare them for leadership and collaborative roles in their professional futures. Students in the A. James Clark School of Engineering may earn a Minor in Engineering Leadership Development by completing coursework which focuses on communication, global awareness, project management, understanding oneself and working effectively with others.

Requirements for a Minor in Engineering Leadership Development

The Minor in Engineering Leadership Development consists of 16 credit hours. A maximum of six credits may also count toward the student’s major, and no more than six credits may be taken at an institution other than the University of Maryland College Park. All courses counted toward the minor must be completed with a C- or better.

  • ENES 317: Introduction to Engineering Leadership (3 credits, DSSP)
  • ENCE 320: Engineering Project Management (3 credits)
  • ENES 472: International Business Cultures in Engineering and Technology (3 credits, DVCC)
  • ENES 424: Engineering Leadership Capstone Course (3 credits)
  • CHSE 338: Teaching and Learning about Cultural Diversity through Intergroup Dialogue (previously EDHI 338) (1 credit)
  • Elective: Requires advisor approval. See the list of approved electives below. (3 credits)
  • ENES 317, ENCE 320, and ENES 472 must be taken before ENES 424

Courses listed below are EXAMPLES of electives; this list is not exhaustive, and courses other than those listed below can count towards the elective requirement. The spirit of the Minor elective is to take an additional course in leadership that compliments your other Minor coursework. You can identify another course you believe has a connection to leadership and request to your Minor advisor to be counted as your elective. Students will choose one three-credit elective in consultation with the minor advisor.

  • BIOE 150 Applied Ethics and Public Policy in Bioengineering (SP)
  • BMGT 360 Strategic Management of Human Capital
  • BMGT363F Leadership and Teamwork in Organizations
  • BMGT 390/ENES390H Systems Thinking for Managerial Decision Making (Restricted to Quest)
  • COMM 200 Critical Thinking and Speaking (OC)
  • COMM 324 Communication and Gender (UP)
  • EDCP 220 Introduction to Human Diversity in Social Institutions (UP)
  • EDCP 318 Applied Contextual Leadership
  • EDCP 418 Special Topics in Leadership (Some sections offered as CC)
  • ENCE 421 Legal Aspects of Engineering Practice
  • ENCE 422 Project Cost Accounting and Economics
  • ENCE 424 Communication for Project Managers
  • ENEE 200 Social & Ethical Dimensions of Engineering Technology (IE)
  • ENES 210 Entrepreneurial Opportunity Analysis and Decision-Making in 21st Century Technology Ventures (SP, I-Series)
  • ENES316 Global Perspectives of Leadership for Engineering, Business, and Technology
  • ENES460 Fundamentals of Technology Start-Up Ventures (Restricted to students in Hillman Entrepreneurs Program)
  • ENES 462 Marketing High-Technology Products and Innovations (Restricted to students in Hinman CEOs or Hillman Entrepreneurs)
  • ENES 464 International Entrepreneurship and Innovation (Restricted to students in Hinman CEOs or Hillman Entrepreneurs except in summer)
  • ENES 480 Engineering Honors Seminar (1 credit)*
  • ENES 481 Engineering Honors Seminar (1 credit)*
  • ENES 498E Entrepreneurship in Chemical and Life Sciences
  • ENME 426/BMGT385 Product Management/Operations Management
  • ENME 466 Lean Six Sigma
  • ENME/ENES 467 Engineering for Social Change
  • ENME 489Q Managing for Innovation and Quality
  • GEMS 208 Special Topics in Leadership and Team Development (Restricted to students in Gemstone)
  • PHIL 282 Free Will & Determinism (HU)
  • PLCY 201 Leadership for the Common Good (HS or SP/ISeries)
  • PLCY 214 Leading and Investing in Social Change: Redefining and Experimenting with Philanthropy (SP, I-Series)
  • PLCY 215 Innovation and Social Change: Creating Change for Good
  • PLCY 311 Women and Leadership
  • PLCY 312/PUAF359G Leading to Get Results
  • PLCY 313 Advocacy in the American Political System
  • PLCY 388D Do Good Now (SP, I-Series)
  • PLCY 388G Global Perspectives on Leading and Investing in Social Change
  • PSYC 361 Survey of Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • SOCY 325 The Sociology of Gender
  • SOCY 431 Principles of Organizations

Minor Requirements and Policies

  • At least nine (9) credits must be at the upper level (300 or 400 level) and at least six (6) of the upper level credits must be resident credits at the University of Maryland.
  • No more than six (6) credits may be transferred from another institution to count toward the minor.
  • No more than six credits can double count between a student’s major and minor.
  • No courses can double count between two minors.
  • Students must earn a grade of “C-” or better in all courses used for a Minor.

International Engineering and Leadership Coursework

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 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

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

Minor Advisor

Mr. Ramsey Jabaji, Acting Director
Office of Global Engineering Leadership
A. James Clark School of Engineering
University of Maryland
1131BB Glenn L. Martin Hall
College Park, MD 20742-3011