Engineering Leadership for Early Career Professionals
Date: June 13-17, 2016 | Tuition: $5,250 | Continuing Education Units (CEUs): 2.9
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Our program for early career professionals focuses on the needs of engineers and other technical professionals who are leading others for the first time or aspiring to do so. We know from research that transitioning from individual contributor to first-time manager is one of the most promising but challenging promotions in a leader's career. The promise of this promotion comes from assuming greater responsibility and potential for impact. The challenge comes from learning to work in an entirely new way; from relying solely on oneself to deliver individual results to leading others to deliver collective results. This program is designed to prepare individuals to succeed in this transition.
The course begins with an overview of what differentiates leadership from management and then progresses through a series of practical skills that are crucial for leading in today's engineering and high technology environments. In addition to short modules on specific skills, the course includes two hands-on learning projects: one individual project on "communicating a team vision" and one group project focusing on a topic of special interest (topics of interest to participants that are not covered in the program). Throughout the course, emphasis is placed on experiential learning and self-reflection. Mirroring the practice of leadership itself, this course is high-contact and high-energy.
Fundamentals: Core concepts, understandings, and tools (40%)
Latest Developments: Recent advances and future trends (20%)
Industry Applications: Linking theory and real-world (40%)
Lecture: Delivery of material in a lecture format (20%)
Discussion or Groupwork: Participatory learning (40%)
Labs: Demonstrations, experiments, simulations (40%)
Introductory: Appropriate for a general audience (50%)
Specialized: Assumes experience in practice area or field (40%)
Advanced: In-depth explorations at the graduate level (10%)
Participants completing this course will be able to:
- Develop a foundation of skills for leading teams in engineering and technology environments
- Create and manage positive interpersonal and group relationships
- Articulate a personal point of view about what it means to lead others
Who Should Attend
This course is targeted to engineers and technology professionals with less than 10 years of experience who are supervising others for the first time, or aspiring to do so. Those who should attend include: design engineers, research engineers, project engineers or managers, product engineers, members of technical staffs, applied scientists, and research scientists.
Day One — Fundamentals of Engineering Leadership for Early Career Professionals
8:30 AM – 9:45 AM: Introduction to program instructors, participants, and learning goals. (Niño and Schindall)
9:45 AM – 10:00 AM: Break
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Fundamentals of engineering leadership: Overview of perspectives on management and leadership and implications for early career professionals. (Niño)
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Lunch
12:30 PM – 2:30 PM: Creating a team vision: Review and practice methods for creating a shared team vision. Review "Communicating a Vision" assignment. (Niño)
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM: Tour of MIT
3:30 PM – 3:45 PM: Break
3:45 PM – 4:15 PM: Introduce group project: Discuss how program participants will form groups to address topics of special interest.
4:15 PM – 5:15 PM: Learning from reflection: Participants review, assess, and document day's key learnings. (Niño)
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM: Special networking event (light buffet will be provided)
Day Two — Leading Engineering Project Teams
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Project leadership: Identifying and addressing challenges of leading complex engineering project teams. (Magarian)
10:00 AM – 10:45 AM: Break
10:45 AM – 12:00 PM: Project leadership – continued (Magarian)
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Lunch
1:00 PM – 3:15 PM: Communicating an inspiring vision: Discuss strategies and tactics for communicating an inspiring team vision. (Eng)
3:15 PM – 3:30 PM: Break
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM: Reflection: Participants review, assess, and document day's key learnings.
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM: Form special interest groups and begin working on group projects.
Day Three — Motivation and Negotiations
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Creating a motivating environment: Building team drive to act in support of group mission and goals. (Niño)
10:00 AM – 10:15 AM: Break
10:15 AM – 12:00 PM: Building positive relationships: Discuss strategies for building strong relationships within teams. (Feiler)
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Lunch
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Managing conflict and negotiations: Assessing your personal conflict management styles and practicing negotiation skills. (Niño)
3:00 PM – 3:15 PM: BREAK
3:15 PM – 3:45 PM: Reflection: Participants review, assess, and document day's key learnings.
3:45 PM – 5:15 PM: Group work on projects and final presentations.
Day Four — Managing Oneself and Decision Making
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Managing oneself: Building a foundation for continuing to develop one's leadership capabilities. (McGonagle)
10:00 AM – 10:15 AM: Break
10:15 AM – 12:15 PM: Engineering reasoning: Applying qualitative models of decision making; using elements, standards, traits, and processes of critical thinking in engineering to assess decision-making. (Schindall)
12:15 PM – 1:15 PM: Lunch
1:15 PM – 3:00 PM: Vision presentations and feedback: Individuals will deliver their vision presentations and receive feedback from others.
3:00 PM – 3:15 PM: Break
3:15 PM – 4:30 PM: Vision presentations and feedback (cont.)
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM: Group work on projects and final presentations.
Day Five — Final Presentations
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Special topics presentations: Groups will deliver their final presentations on engineering leadership topics of special interest.
10:00 AM – 10:15 AM: Break
10:15 AM – 12:00 PM: Special topics presentations (cont.)
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Course reflection: Participants reflect on week's activities and assess program. Awarding of Certificates of Completion.
Course schedule and registration times
Class runs 8:30 am - 5:00 pm each day except Friday when course ends at 1:00 pm.
There is a networking dinner on Monday from 6:00 - 8:00 pm.
Laptops/devices with word processing capability are recommended. Advance materials may be sent by email or posted to the MIT Stellar system; please expect an email from the course directors with information about how to access these materials.
mission operations engineer, nasa jet propulsion laboratory
"The class was very nicely structured, with more practical advice than theory. I came out of it with concepts that I could apply immediately in my workplace. I also liked the format - the lecturing was kept to a minimum, and concepts were reinforced using hands-on exercises. This was a focused course that outlined practical concepts. The course itself taught useful methods, and it also provided a basis for future learning. As such, I would recommend this class for any young engineer."
validation engineer II, shire hgt
"The course content was formalized in a way that was very clear, made a lot of sense, and had examples as to how to put these theories into practice. I learned highly valuable tools to make me a more effective leader at my job."
project engineer, stryker imt
"The course was very well designed and executed. It gave me both practical skills and insightful perspectives. The course was very engaging beginning to end. I have already started recommending this class to my colleagues."
team leader, schlumbeger
"It provides real-life experiences such as how to manage and act as a manager. In addition, exercises given through the course provide an understanding of how the course tools are being used and at the same time, reflect on some of the different methods that the different teams employed. Lastly, the sharing of different organizational ways of leadership was also very inertesting and enlightening."
About The Lecturers
Senior Lecturer, Bernard M. Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program
David Niño is a Senior Lecturer in the Bernard M. Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program. He is was previously a Professor in the Practice of Engineering Leadership at the George R. Brown School of Engineering at Rice University in Houston, Texas. Duringhis time at Rice, he led the development of innovative programming that bridges and integrates the academic disciplines of engineering, leadership, and management. He also serves as a founding officer of the new Leadership Development Division of the American Society of Engineering Education.
A former management professor, Niño has published on the subject of leadership, focusing specifically on the topics of organizational culture, ethics, and the development of professional skills. He has conducted research in high technology environments and is currently interested in exploring how leadership is uniquely developed among engineers and engineering organizations. He has taught leadership since 1998 at the undergraduate, professional master's, executive, and doctoral levels. As a consultant, Niño has advised senior corporate leaders and elected officials in both the U.S. and Mexico. He holds a Ph.D. in Management from the University of Texas at Austin, where he also earned his B.A., B.B.A., and M.A. degrees.
Co-Director, Bernard M. Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program
Professor Schindall re-joined the MIT faculty in June of 2002 after a 35-year career in the defense, aerospace, and telecommunications industries. His research includes the invention and development of a nanotube-enhanced ultracapacitor which holds the promise of being superior to electrochemical batteries as a means of efficient regenerative electrical energy storage, and he has also supervised research on dynamic simulation and reliability analysis of complex safety-critical systems.
Professor Schindall has co-developed and taught a required senior course in communication skills, including units on conceptual thinking, giving presentations, how to be effective in industry, cross-cultural skills, and engineering ethics, and he is developing a course on engineering design. As co-director of the Bernard M. Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program, Dr. Schindall is actively engaged in a program to enhance, expand, focus, and disseminate the teaching of engineering design and leadership within the MIT School of Engineering.
Prior to joining MIT Schindall was vice president and chief technology officer of Loral Space and Communications (a manufacturer and operator of commercial satellites), senior vice president and chief engineer for Globalstar (a 48 satellite LEO mobile phone system), and president of Loral Conic (a manufacturer of telemetry systems for missiles and satellites). Dr. Schindall received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from MIT in 1963, 1964, and 1967. During his graduate years he was lecturer and wrote the text for a 140-student introductory electronics course, received an award for excellence in teaching, and was chief engineer for WBCN, a commercial FM radio station.
This course takes place on the MIT campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. We can also offer this course for groups of employees at your location. Please complete the Custom Programs request form for further details.