ILead Presents Research at American Society for Engineering Education

Four members of ILead’s research team travelled to New Orleans last week to present our latest findings and to connect with peers in the United States.

Robin Sacks and Mike Klassen each presented a paper in the Leadership Development Division of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), which now has more than 800 members, and is the fastest growing division in the Association. 

Sacks presented ‘Sports, arts and concrete canoes’ which details the results of a large-scale survey of undergraduate engineering students to understand the influence their extra-curricular activities have on their leadership and engineering skills and identities. This research was the first phase of the Engineering Leadership Project II, which focused on the question of how engineers learn to lead. 

Klassen presented ‘Charting the landscape of engineering leadership education’ which presents findings on the wide differences in approach taken to teaching leadership to engineers across 14 U.S. and Canadian universities who were interviewed as part of the study. This research helps to illuminate the different design decisions implicit in creating new programs, and serves as a helpful framework.

Patricia Sheridan presented the latest results from her five-year PhD research on student design teams. Her Team-effectiveness Learning System is under commercial development.

In addition to these presentations, Doug Reeve and Mike Klassen represented ILead at two important organizational meetings: COMPLETE (Community of Practice for Leadership Education for the Twenty-First Century Engineer) and the ASEE Leadership Development Division’s annual meeting. Both demonstrate U of T’s role as an important contributor to international conversations on the cutting edge of engineering leadership.