ENES424 Engineering Leadership Capstone | A. James Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland

Engineering Leadership Capstone (ENES424)

Global Leadership Courses

ENES424 - Engineering Leadership Capstone

Available Fall 2020! Register on Testudo now!

As the final academic experience in the Minor in Global Engineering Leadership, this capstone course is designed to be both retrospective and integrative, encouraging you to synthesize relevant concepts and experiences and to formulate your own informed perspective on the implications of leadership.

Using collective efforts, you will put theory into practice to search for inclusive, human-centered, and innovative solutions to today’s intractable social problems. More specifically, you will respond to one of the 14 Grand Challenges for Engineering in the 21st Century as a means to critically think about the application of leadership in engineering practice. The course is structured as a seminar. Classes are a mix of brief lectures, case studies and exemplars, in-depth discussion based on readings and written assignments, and experiential learning. Thus, throughout the semester you will be expected to demonstrate skill in analysis of course material, write with purpose and clarity, and engage in thoughtful group discussion.

Course Learning Outcomes

By actively participating in this course, you will:

  • Use written and verbal methods of communication to describe complex issues from local, national or international points of view.
  • Investigate and analyze the systemic dimensions of a leadership challenge from diverse, differing, and critical perspectives.
  • Work collectively with others to identify strategies that address contemporary leadership challenges.
  • Apply leadership, change, and organizational theories to systemically complicated issues.
  • Develop insights into your personal adaptive leadership skills, and how to enhance them.

How can I apply this course to my degree program?

  • Fulfills the capstone requirement for sudents in the following minor programs:
    • Engineering Leadership Development
    • Global Engineering Leadership
  • Other majors/minors should reach out to their advisors to determine if this course can be applied to their degree program.

Meet Your Instructor

Natasha ChapmanDr. Natasha Chapman (she/her/hers)

Natasha Chapman is the Lecturer and Advisor for the Global Engineering Leadership Program in the A. James Clark School of Engineering and also serves as an affiliate Assistant Professor with the Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education. Dr. Chapman has been a leadership educator for 15 years having also served as the Coordinator for the Leadership Studies Program at UMD, an Assistant Professor for Leadership Studies at WVU, and the Director of the TCU Leadership Center. Natasha’s work has generated numerous opportunities to consult and advise college leadership programs, over 50 presentations for national and international conferences, and a dozen publications.  This includes recent articles on metacognitive capacity building and critical leadership perspectives in Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, the Journal of Leadership Studies, and New Directions for Student Leadership

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


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