In four short years, the Engineering Leadership Development Division of ASEE has grown to become one of the largest in the society. This is due, in part, to the growing interest in transforming how engineering students are educated and prepared for their engineering careers. During this session, we will engage in an open discussion about the evolution of our division; our vision, our current strategy, our past successes, and our future challenges. Leaders from our division will facilitate this discussion and we encourage anyone to attend who has an interest in developing leadership among your engineering students and engineers.
Simon Pitts is the Program Director, for the Gordon Institute of Engineering Leadership at Northeastern University.
Prior to his current role, Simon was a senior executive within Ford Motor Company, he led cross-functional teams across three continents as Director of Product Development Operations for all Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mazda and Volvo brands globally. Educated at Loughborough University in the UK and INSEAD in France, he most recently directed the Ford-MIT Research Alliance.
Dr. David Nino
David Niño, Ph.D., is a Senior Lecturer in the Bernard M. Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program, where he heads leadership education for graduate engineering students. He is strongly committed to the development of leadership among engineers and other professionals in technology and is active in an international consortium of engineering leadership centers. He is also a founding officer of the Engineering Leadership Development Division of the American Society of Engineering Education.
Prior to MIT, Dr. Niño was a faculty member in the schools of engineering and business at Rice University in Houston, Texas. He was director of Rice’s university-wide program in leadership development and later played a leading role in designing and establishing the university’s first four-year academic certificate in engineering leadership. He also organized a premier international conference on engineering leadership, which garnered participation from the President of the National Academy of Engineering, 28 universities, and leading engineering companies such as Boeing, NASA, and Shell.
Dr. Niño has served as an advisor and board member to startups and has consulted with managers and senior executives from many industries and governments. His current research interests focus on how leadership is uniquely developed among engineers and within high technology organizations. He has published on the topics of organizational culture, courage, ethics, and the development of management and leadership skills. He holds a Ph.D. in Management from the University of Texas at Austin, where he also earned his B.A., B.B.A., and M.A. degrees.
Walter L. Robb Director of Engineering Leadership Program and ESM Instructor. School of Engineering Design, Technology and Professional Programs. Engineering Science and Mechanics
Dr. Kyle G. Gipson
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.