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W455·WEDNESDAY WORKSHOP: "We Survived the Crisis!" - Using a Multi-Campus Crisis Simulation to Teach Leadership
Workshop · Engineering Leadership Development Division
Wed. June 28, 2017 1:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Room C151, Columbus Convention Center
Session Description

Free ticketed event
This workshop will introduce attendees to the Crisis Simulation exercise developed by the Rose-Hulman Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Program and deployed on the campuses of James Madison University and the University of California, San Diego. The simulation puts students into the roles of administrators of a refugee camp that is hit with a series of significant crises, such as limited access to medical care, rapidly increasing populations, and ethnic tensions. The simulation was developed and tested first at Rose-Hulman and has been subsequently conducted at three campuses simultaneously.

Our workshop at ASEE 2017 will introduce attendees to the leadership pedagogy that underlies the simulation. We will also run the attendees through a “mini-simulation” that will give them a first-hand experience with the activity. Finally, we will share with them the logistics and other preparations that go into the simulation. Our intention is to encourage attendees to join with us and use our simulation as we develop a multi-campus collaborative effort that contributes to the development of students’ leadership abilities.

  1. Dr. Eva Andrijcic

    Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

    Eva Andrijcic received her PhD and MS in Systems and Information Engineering from University of Virginia, where she worked at the Center for Risk Management of Engineering Systems. She received a BS in mathematics from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College. Her major interests are in the areas of risk analysis and management, critical infrastructure management and protection, interdisciplinary engineering education, and risk education. She has worked on several large research projects, including projects for the Department of Homeland Security and the Mitre Corporation. Eva has several publications in the area of risk analysis and systems engineering, and she is a member of the Society for Risk Analysis, American Society for Engineering Education, and International Council on Systems Engineering.

  2. Dr. Ebonee Williams

    University of California, San Diego

    Dr. Ebonée Williams is the Inaugural Executive Director of the Gordon Engineering Leadership Center at the Jacobs School of Engineering, UC San Diego. She lectures in the Nano Engineering Department, Chemical Engineering Program and the Structural Engineering program at UC San Diego. Her background is in advanced polymer composites research with emphasis on vacuum assisted resin transfer molding and polynanomeric composite application in aerospace. Dr. Williams has a passion for developing ambassadors for engineering through leadership development and technical projects.

  3. Eileen Santiago

    UC San Diego

    Eileen Santiago is the program manager at the Gordon Engineering Leadership Center at UC. San Diego. She collaboratively coordinates and executes leadership programming at the Gordon Center. Prior to U.C. San Diego Ms. Santiago was involved in several leadership programs in industry including the development of a Women’s Empowerment Network where she catered to the professional and personal development of women in industry. A New York native, she attended St. John Fisher College for communication journalism and sociology. Her critical and analytical thinking, cultural competence and self-awareness brings a unique perspective to engineering leadership development.

  4. Dr. Kyle G. Gipson

    James Madison University

    Kyle G. Gipson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering, Director of the Madison Engineering Leadership Program and a Co-director of the Center for STEM Education and Outreach at James Madison University. He has developed and taught courses ranging from first year engineering experiences, engineering design, materials science and engineering, systems analysis and engineering leadership. His research interests span the synthesis and characterization of optically enhanced polymer nanocomposites to student motivation and social factors that affect the recruitment and retention of students in engineering. Gipson joined the Department of Engineering in 2011 after completing his PhD in Polymer, Fiber Science at Clemson University within the School of Materials Science & Engineering. Prior to pursuing his PhD, Dr. Gipson served in various positions with Milliken & Company. The last position he held with the company was Technical Manager for one of the business units. In this capacity, he managed the development and deployment of new products, product enhancements, and product design modifications engineered to meet specific end-use applications.

  5. Dr. Julia M. Williams

    Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

    Dr. Julia M. Williams is Interim Dean of Cross-Cutting Programs and Emerging Opportunities, as well as Professor of English at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Her research areas include technical communication, assessment, accreditation, and the development of change management strategies for faculty and staff. Her articles have appeared in the Journal of Engineering Education, International Journal of Engineering Education, IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, and Technical Communication Quarterly, among others.

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