Engineering Leadership Development Minor


I think leadership here is
understanding and listening to the different cultures
that you’re working with because it’s a
truly diverse workplace. We have people from
all over the world. I think that understanding other
people’s cultures and knowing that not everyone is the same
as you has been really helpful in the workplace and
just in everyday life. So I started right
after graduation. And they have a program called
the Siemens Graduate Program the SGP which is explicitly a
leadership development program, so it was really a perfect fit. People always talk about how
college isn’t always just the classes you take. It’s the experiences. The Engineering Leadership
Development Minor focuses on how to use your engineering
knowledge in your job in the future in the
new global environment. This program is one of the
best in the country in terms of taking engineers and
turning them into leaders. I think that with the skills
I’ve learned here I’ll be able to do anything. I worked on a project which
was a solar water wall that was based in
Rabat, Morocco. I got to work on one that was with Hungarian students
virtually with a client in Peru. I’ve worked on things from
gray water processing projects located in Mexico City to rainwater harvesting
projects in Haiti. The biggest word that
I probably learned in the minor is just
empathetic design. Who is this going to,
who’s the customer, who are the stakeholders? There’s this African
fruit called baobab, and it’s extremely nutritious. And so they harvest it, and they
try to process it themselves. And right now it’s a really
labor intensive process, so we built this machine so that
they can take this baobob pulp, put it through the machine,
and it separates the seeds from the powder from the fiber. We build everything in
the Learning Factory, so we build each
component for the machine and then we assemble them. Basically it’s giving the
African communities the ability to use their resources and
make a profit out of it. The reason I became an engineer
is because I wanted to work on humanitarian projects
and then take them to other countries
and implement them. I think that is absolutely
priceless. You can’t put a value to
that knowledge once you get out in the real world. I think the ELDM minor and
experience for me was just as valuable as my undergrad
degree; It broadened my horizons of what an engineer
can really be. The minor taught me that we can
change a lot of people’s lives with the work that we’re doing. ELDM really gave a
certain confidence, right, that allows you to walk into a situation no matter
how challenging it is, no matter how different it is. So it was something
that was invaluable. And it’s all about
challenging yourself. It’s about more than just
the engineering knowledge. It’s what are you
going to do with it?

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