Introduction to Leadership in Engineering, Science, and Technology (ENES317)

Curricular Leadership Experiences

ENES317 - Introduction to Leadership in Engineering, Science, and Technology (GenEd DSSP)

Available Summer I 2022, Fall 2022, Winter 2023 in Australia, and Spring 2023! Summer session is open to all students. Register on Testudo now!

This course serves as an introduction to leadership theory and practice. The purpose of the course is two-fold. First, you will gain an understanding of historical and contemporary leadership theories. You will learn the theoretical basis of the model, the strengths and limitations of the model, and how to apply the model to practical situations in personal and professional settings. Second, you will explore your personal leadership style through a series of assignments and course activities. The class will rely heavily on online discussions, reflective practice, and case study analysis. We will pull examples from media, research, industry, and most importantly your own experiences to explore the phenomena of leadership. By the end of this course you will have developed a well-rounded understanding of leadership concepts for use in your own leadership situations. This course will build a foundation upon which to build lifelong learning practice for leadership development.

Course Learning Outcomes

By actively participating in this course, you will:

  • Increase self-awareness through the exploration of values, beliefs, culture, and identity and their relationship to leadership.
  • Discover the complexities of leadership and the multi-disciplinary and integrative nature of leadership studies.
  • Comprehend a range of formal leadership theories and how they translate to practice.
  • Learn the basics of group dynamics and organizational behavior in order to function constructively in leadership settings.
  • Critically think about the utility of leadership theory in one’s professional practice.
  • Begin to develop a personal plan for leadership development that articulates an evolving philosophy of leadership and the necessary steps to continue learning.

How can I apply this course to my degree program?

  • This course fulfills a GenEd Scholarship in Practice (DSSP) requirement.
  • Computer Engineering: Category F Elective
  • Electrical Engineering: General Technical Elective
  • Fire Protection Engineering: Technical Elective
  • Mechanical Engineering: Out-of-Major Technical Elective
  • Fulfills a minor requirement for students in the following minor programs:
    • International Engineering
    • Engineering Leadership Development
    • Global Engineering Leadership
  • Fulfills a Clark Scholars program requirement
  • Other majors/minors should reach out to their advisors to determine if this course can be applied to their degree program.

Meet Your Instructor

A headshot of Dr. Darren PierreDr. Darren Pierre is a lecturer in the Office of Global Engineering Leadership. Dr. Pierre's research is focused on college student development, student affairs profession, and leadership development. He has authored a book, book chapters, and journal articles focused on leadership and identity development. He carries years of experience as a university administrator, a leader within the field of higher education, and a contributor to many entity groups affiliated with higher education/student affairs.  He has spoken nationally on the ideals of leadership, integrity, and authenticity. Darren received his master's in Higher Education Policy and Leadership from the University of Maryland-College Park and his PhD in College Student Affairs Administration from the University of Georgia.

Minor students can register now in Testudo or contact the Office of Global Engineering Leadership to learn more!

If you are not currently enrolled in the Global Engineering Leadership Minor, please add yourself to the course holdfile and you will be added to the course should seats be available on the first day of classes.