18-603: Leadership for Engineers

Units: 12

It's not enough to understand the latest cad software, and be proficient at rigorous mathematical analysis. Being an inspired and innovative engineer is not really enough. To accomplish your goals as an engineer you have to understand how organizations work, and how to get all kinds of people to help you. In other words, you need to be a leader in your organization, whether that is a start-up or a Fortune 100 company. The class will begin by reviewing basic economics and financial accounting terms: a leader must know something about money. There will be hands-on classes on the predominant American corporate culture: a leader must know the atmosphere he or she breathes. The meat of the course will be learning about four keys to leadership: a working knowledge of variability in processes and people; some basic psychology, including personality types; some epistemology---how to really know what you think you know; and systems theory to understand all the parts of an enterprise. Classroom demonstrations and ungraded homework will illustrate each of these four keys.
Each situation requiring leadership is unique, but studying the four keys will prepare you to step in and act with confidence. When you finish this course you will be prepared to lead not just an engineering team, but to lead an enterprise.

This project/seminar course is not an approved ECE graduate course for the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. (Please see the Approved Graduate Courses section.)

Last modified on 2010-10-01

Past semesters:

F14, S14, F13, S13, F12, S12, F11, S11, F10