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Innovation and Leadership Development in the ECE Curriculum. ECEDHA July 2010. Objectives. Demonstrate need for innovation and leadership development in ECE curriculum Give examples of Lehigh University approaches using experiential learning Enterprise Systems Center Leadership Lab

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  • Demonstrate need for innovation and leadership development in ECE curriculum
  • Give examples of Lehigh University approaches using experiential learning
    • Enterprise Systems Center Leadership Lab
    • Innovation and Leadership Residency program
university vs industry focus
University vs. Industry Focus





University Focus

Industry Focus

preparing our graduates for successful careers
Preparing Our Graduates for Successful Careers

Improve the efficiency and effectiveness of transition



Individual Technical Contributor

lehigh ranking examples
Lehigh Ranking Examples
  • Lehigh was recently ranked 12th in the nation for return on undergraduate tuition investment – Bloomsburg
  • Lehigh was rank 8th as doing the best job of crafting the best technology leaders – The Daily Beast
innovation and leadership development needs
Innovation and Leadership Development Needs

National Academy of Engineering

There is a “call for us to educate technically proficient engineers who are broadly educated, see themselves as global citizens, can be leaders in business and public service, and who are ethically grounded… These include such traits as strong analytical skills, creativity, ingenuity, professionalism, and leadership.”

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Innovation and Leadership Development Needs

National Science Board“

“In addition to analytic skills…companies want engineers with passion; life long learning skills; systems thinking; an ability to innovate; an ability to work in multicultural environments; an ability to understand the business context of engineering; interdisciplinary skills; communication skills; and an ability to change.”

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Innovation and Leadership Development Needs

John McGlade, CEO, Air Products and Chemicals

Leadership is the biggest differentiator and specifically, how one tactically balances their knowledge, capabilities, leadership, interpersonal skills, global experiences, and team building skills.”

ece 21 st century curriculum
ECE 21st Century Curriculum
  • Strong/rigorous engineering education (given!)
  • Educational framework that prepares students for enterprise leadership roles…
    • Enterprise Systems Center Leadership Lab
      • Leadership Minor
      • Leadership Development Course
      • National Society for Leadership and Success
  • Experiential opportunities immersing students in innovation, value creation and leadership…
    • Innovation and Leadership Residency Program
leadership minor objectives
Leadership Minor Objectives
  • Knowledge of self and others
  • Teamwork
  • Leading change – sponsoring/participating in change
  • Mentoring/coaching
  • Verbal and written communication skills
  • Breakthrough thinking
  • Ethics/morals
  • Diversity/globalization
  • Core values
  • Dealing with ambiguity
  • Use of case study method
  • Use of technology
leadership development course
Leadership Development Course
  • Bridge Traditional Silos
  • Use a CollaboratoryFacility
  • Expand Industry/Alumni Partnerships
  • Immerse students in value creation
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Bridge SilosE.g., Dean of Students Partnership

Leadership Training Tools

Leadership Skill Assessments:

Beyond the Valley of Kings - Team Adventure®

Campbell Leadership Discriptor®

DISC Personal Profile System®


Leadership Practices Inventory®

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®

Personal Style Inventory®

STARPOWER Simulation


Tall Ships: Building Effective Teams®

"Whole Brain Approach to Leadership Styles"®


Technology-enabled facility

layered mentoring

Undergraduate Student

Graduate Student

Experienced Consultant

Industry Manager



value to company
Value to Company

Extra Pair of Hands

Training & Education

Special Skills & Expertise

Three-legged Stool

enterprise systems center industry partners
Enterprise Systems CenterIndustry Partners

Over 100 companies; 400+ projects since inception

“The Enterprise Systems Center approach to student projects is more effective than other schools. Its use of layered mentoring and commitment to deliverables adds value to the relationship.” Rusty Moore, Plant Manager, Kraft Foods, Inc.

“The innovative approach to combining EE and IE processes to energy reduction resulted in six-figure annual savings with no capital investment in a LEEDS Gold plant!.”Peter Rittenhouse, Supply Chain Director, Nestle Waters, NA.

“Students must differentiate themselves along the lines of leadership skills, interpersonal skills, broad (global) experiences and teambuilding skills. Leadership is the single biggest differentiator and is uniquely taught in the Leadership Lab.John McGlade, CEO, Air Products & Chemicals, Inc.

enterprise systems center experiential learning
Enterprise Systems CenterExperiential Learning
  • Real-World Problem Solving
  • Interdisciplinary Environment
enterprise systems center educational philosophies
Enterprise Systems Center Educational Philosophies
  • Focus on industry defined core competencies
  • Believe in the value of persistence
  • Evolve from literal learning to entrepreneurial thinking









Innovation & Leadership Residency Program


  • Immerses students into a real world problem solving environment
  • Provides experiential learning and leadership development through new venture creation
  • Goal: “Package” a company for VC funding


Program Organization

  • Introduction& background (3 sessions)
  • Immersion (6 sessions)
  • Presentation (final session)


  • Freshman through graduate students
  • All schools represented
  • 10 weeks (3 hours per session)
  • No credit or pay
  • Virtually 100% attendance


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