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T555·How Engineering Firms Develop Engineering Leadership
Panel · Engineering Leadership Development Division
Tue. June 27, 2017 3:15 PM to 4:45 PM
Room B244-245, Columbus Convention Center
Session Description

The LEAD Division of ASEE enables members of our university-based engineering leadership programs to share our experiences, challenges, and successes. But as engineering leadership educators, we also recognize that engineering companies and organizations have their own engineering leadership development initiatives. Engineering organizations such as Boeing, NASA, and GE have sophisticated and focused initiatives devoted to ensuring that they have competent engineering leaders and emerging leaders throughout their employee ranks. Our panel discussion will convene representatives from each of these organizations to share their experiences in how their firms are developing engineering leadership.

For those interested in: Academia-Industry Connections, Broadening Participation in Engineering and Engineering Technology, and New Members
  1. Moderated by Dr. David Nino, Dr. Dena Lang, Dr. Meagan R. Kendall, and Mr. Mike Klassen
  1. Emily Howard

    The Boeing Company

    "Developing technical leaders through recognition and utilization"
    Emily Howard, Ph.D.
    Chair of the Boeing Technical Fellowship
    The Boeing Company

    As a Senior Technical Fellow at The Boeing Company, Dr. Emily Howard serves as a technical leader and resource for engineers and scientists across Boeing. She combines her expertise in cognitive psychology, systems engineering, and software architecture to develop innovative products that aid decision making for Boeing customers. Over her career, Dr. Howard has worked on many defense products, ranging from fighter, bomber, and tanker aircraft; training systems; handheld radios; and numerous ground stations for command and control, including autonomous air vehicles, air and missile defense, battle management, homeland security, surface ships, and space operations.

    Concurrently, she serves as Chair of the Boeing Technical Fellowship whose fellows represent the top 4.5 percent of technical leaders at the company. Dr. Howard is the first woman appointed to lead this prestigious organization in its 28-year history. She is responsible for identifying and developing opportunities to strengthen the fellowship and its partnership with senior management, and to maximize the value to Boeing of its top engineers and scientists.

    Dr. Howard earned a Ph.D. and a master’s degree in cognitive psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and graduated cum laude from Franklin and Marshall College with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

  2. Christine Williams

    Owl Consulting

    “How coaching can accelerate engineering development: the NASA story."
    President, Owl Consulting
    Senior Consultant - North America, The NeuroLeadership Institute

    Christine Williams has over 25 years of experience designing and creating programs and strategies that enable organizations and individuals to improve performance and achieve their goals. Her programs are considered world-class by both industry and government standards, and she is frequently invited to speak on the topics of leadership development, executive coaching, and the application of advances in neuroscience to improve employee learning and organizational effectiveness. She served as director of a number of NASA’s agency-wide leadership development programs, including the Systems Engineering Leadership Development Program, and currently works as a coach and consultant on leadership programs and organizational change. She has a B.S. in oceanography, an M.S, in Organizational Development and Applied Behavioral Science, a certificate in business management from the Harvard Business School, and a professional coaching certification.

  3. Chris Unger

    GE Healthcare

    “Assessment and Development of Leadership for Systems Engineers at GE Healthcare”
    Chief Systems Engineer
    GE Healthcare

    Chris Unger is Chief Systems Engineer for GE Healthcare, responsible for the definition and improvement of systems engineering process globally. He is a member of the Chicagoland chapter of INCOSE, and the leader of the INCOSE Healthcare WG. He has worked as a systems engineer in the defense and medical fields for 30 years. 

    Chris is a certified Master Black Belt with 15 issued patents and two patents applied for. He is an INCOSE certified Experienced Systems Engineering Professional. He graduated with a B.S. in mathematics and B.S. in philosophy from M.I.T. and a Ph.D. in physics from Boston University.

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