What is a leader, and how do you become one?
For some engineering students, the question seems largely irrelevant. They assume leadership is either a natural talent bestowed upon a few visionaries or a special branch of education for those with an entrepreneurial bent. At any rate, it doesn’t have much to do with finishing a pressing fluid dynamics assignment.
Mike Johnson, Professor and Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, asserts that today’s engineering graduates shouldn’t rest on their expertise alone.
“Employers assume the engineers they interview already have technical skills. What employers really want are people who can take leadership roles, apply their engineering ability to real problems, talk with vendors and marketers and inspire teams to make amazing products.”
Johnson oversees the brand new Scholars in Engineering Leadership Program. An expansion of the college’s efforts to expose engineering students to leadership principles, students in the program take two classes and participate in a self-designed leadership experience. Students who want to start the program during the spring semester can sign up through November 22. Recently, we sat down with Dr. Johnson to discover more about the program