Global Engineering Leadership Minor

Engineering undergraduates can pursue a Leadership Studies Minor with a focus on Global Engineering Leadership. The minor develops graduates with problem-solving, leadership and interpersonal skills as well as cross-cultural competence, preparing you to lead in engineering and technology fields and in the private-sector, government and humanitarian organizations. The minor will expose you to the engineering Grand Challenges of the 21st century and equip you with knowledge and practical skills to lead in the development of innovative solutions.

The minor adds breadth to your technical proficiency, preparing you to be a global citizen and world-class engineer — what we like to call the "Global Engineer-Leader." Those are engineers who can contribute and lead effectively in domestic and global contexts in solving global grand challenges and other societal problems, working effectively across cultures.

“The courses I took associated with the minor were some of the most valuable I had during my undergraduate career.”

– Elizabeth Gwinn, who earned her bachelor's in environmental engineering in May 2015

The minor will help you develop:

  • Leadership Skills – knowledge and application of leadership theory
  • Engineering Problem-Solving Skills
  • Interpersonal Skills – collaboration, communication, ethical decision-making, project management
  • Conceptual Skills – systems-level knowledge, thinking, analysis and integration involving the global grand challenges
  • Cross-Cultural Awareness/Skills – ability to work effectively across cultures



Have questions? Hear what other students say about pursuing the minor from our September 2016 info session:



PUBP 4140: Foundations of Leadership (3 hrs)

CEE 4803A*: Global Engineering Leadership and Management (3 hrs)

At least 9 hours from these approved courses:

INTN 3011: Global Engineering Leadership Experience

Students who choose to conduct research abroad for their global leadership experience will take the following courses:

Attend the Hyatt Distinguished Alumni Leadership Speaker Series.

You must have completed 30 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater to enroll in the minor. For required or recommended courses to count toward your minor, you must earn a "C" or better. Your GPA specifically for courses you wish to count for the minor must be 2.75 or greater.

* Please note, CEE 4803 course numbers are subject to change.

Grand Challenges Scholar Program: By completing the Global Engineering Leadership Minor, you will automatically fulfill the requirements for the College of Engineering's Grand Challenges Scholar Program. Upon graduation, you will receive a certificate that shows you have obtained the Grand Challenges Scholar designation.




Suggested Course Schedule

Wondering how to fit the minor courses into your program of study? Use the schedule below to help you plan your schedule.


Foundations of Leadership

Global Engineering Leadership and Management

Environmental Technology in the Developing World


Construction Management and Megaprojects
(Technical Elective)

Sustainable Transportation Abroad
(Early Summer)


International Disaster Reconnaissance Studies
(Late Summer)

(Technical Elective)


Sustainable Cities

Environmental Technology in the Developing World


Construction Management and Megaprojects
(Technical Elective)

Global Engineering Experience

  • Work Abroad
  • Research Abroad
  • Study Abroad


Course Descriptions:

PUBP 4140: Foundations of Leadership, 3 credits, Wes Wynens
This course offers a comprehensive review of contemporary issues and perspectives on leadership, including multi-disciplinary and systems-oriented approaches as well as classic theory, moving to the examination of evolving contemporary beliefs. The emphasis is on application of concepts in actual leadership settings and situations. The students become familiar with different ways of exercising leadership, their own strengths and weaknesses, and how they can best work with others in a leadership context. They learn and apply leadership skills in a hands-on, practical way. Topics include development of leadership theories, personal assessment and development, values and ethics, motivation, power, followership, group dynamics, multiculturalism in leadership, conflict resolution, performance excellence, and the change process. 

CEE 4803A: Global Engineering Leadership and Management, 3 credits, Rudy Bonaparte & Lisa Rosenstein
This course focuses on the basic principles and practice of leadership in engineering environments. This is a modular course taught by practitioner leaders and managers. The modules focus on the principles and practice of leadership and management in private, public and not-for-profit engineering organizations. Topics include leadership, management, organizational behavior, entrepreneurship, ethics, innovation, communication, collaboration and competition, and conflict resolution. The course includes team-based projects in which the students have an opportunity to reflect upon and apply what they are learning. 

CEE 4350: Environmental Technology in the Developing World, 3 credits, Joe Brown
This course develops practical skills to evaluate environmental impacts in developing countries. The global burden of disease is known to be dominated by a variety of environmental risk factors that include poor air quality (both indoors and outdoors), waterborne diseases, and issues related to sanitation. The class focuses on evaluating the state of the environment in developing countries, with emphasis on problem-based, hands-on learning and includes an embedded study abroad component to conduct field studies in a developing country. 

CEE 4803C: Construction Management and Megaprojects, 3 credits, Baabak Ashuri
Challenges and opportunities related to effective and efficient planning, design, construction, delivery, and operations of megaprojects. Review of unique characteristics that make megaprojects exceptionally difficult to manage – great size, high costs, technical complexity, long timeframe, massive environmental and social impacts, high risk level, diverse stakeholders with often conflicting interests and sometimes varied cultural backgrounds, and possible contractual, legal, and ethical issues. Case study reviews to develop awareness and understanding of leadership skills required in a complex megaproject environment.

CEE 4803D: International Disaster Reconnaissance Studies, 3 credits, David Frost
Understanding the consequences of major earthquakes in foreign countries; associated studies undertaken to understand contributing factors and efforts aimed at mitigating these factors for similar future events; and leadership in crisis situations. Lectures and group study activities with an international travel experience, including opportunities to visit several sites impacted by the M8 earthquake in Wenchuan, China, and the world’s largest “shake table” facility, E-Defense in Tokyo, Japan. Class focuses on evaluating the tectonic setting of the event as well as how manmade infrastructure performed. The manner in which authorities responded to the event from a rescue/recovery perspective is also discussed. Students become familiar with key seismic considerations in the impacted zone as well as the planning and execution of a field reconnaissance study or shake table simulation.

CEE 4803E: Sustainable Transportation Abroad, 3 credits, Kari Watkins
Transportation, with other infrastructure systems, plays a major role in the development of cities, regions and nations worldwide. The purpose of this course is to examine the quality of transportation systems, and the quality of the cities and regions they serve, in selected cities around the world to understand the influence of transportation on sustainable development. It is also to understand the influences of political, institutional and other infrastructures on the quality of transportation systems. The course includes an embedded study abroad component to study a transportation system in a city overseas.

CEE 4803F: Sustainable Cities, 3 credits, John Taylor
(Under Development)

CEE 4803G: Introduction to Structural Engineering for GELM, 3 credits, Lauren Stewart
This course introduces key concepts in structural engineering: the science, art and skill of designing various types of structures such that their behavior is as intended in a safe and resilient manner throughout their lifetime. Through case studies of structures and failures, demonstrations, and lectures, students will understand how structures of all types (i.e. buildings, bridges, domes, dams, etc.) take and transfer loads, to compute the effects of the loads on the structural members, and to determine the material and size of these members such that they are resilient and sustainable.

CEE 4803H: Construction Engineering and Management for GELM, 3 credits, Lauren Stewart
This course provides fundamental concepts in the planning, design, and construction of civil engineering projects. It provides an introduction to the fields of engineering economics, risk analysis, scheduling, and construction law, and provides tools and techniques for the management and control of resources (e.g., time, money) on construction engineering projects. The focus of case-studies will be construction projects in the urban environment for resiliency.

CEE 4801 GEP I: Global Engineering Practicum I, 1 credit, Various
In GEP I, students will work with their faculty mentor and the course instructor to develop a plan for proposed research or work for a field-based, research-based or service learning international project. The proposed plan will consist of clearly stated objectives, hypotheses, and experimental and other approaches. The plan will also clearly articulate how the student will engage with local communities through the work. Students will work with counterparts based in the country of interest to refine problem definitions, approaches, and to give feedback on potential solutions. The research or work plan developed in the course will serve as the scope of work for the student’s project. Students will also work with staff from the Office of International Education and the Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) office to conduct safety and leadership training, described below. Specific tasks will be: 1) Define the civil or environmental problem of interest; 2) Develop specific hypotheses or research objectives related to the problem; 3) Develop methodologies and protocols to evaluate the hypotheses or conduct research; and 4) Pilot test field experiments and methods or conduct initial data collection. This course will be offered in the spring. It is expected that in the summer following their completion of this course, students will travel and work abroad to complete the proposed research.

CEE 4801 GEP II: Global Engineering Practicum II, 1 credit, Various
In GEP II, under the oversight of the course instructor, students will work with their faculty mentor to analyze and interpret the data collected during their international field-research, or analyze and synthesize the information collected during their international research experience. The goal of the synthesis will be to draw conclusions in regards to the objectives and hypotheses developed or objectives set in GEP I. Specific deliverables will be: 1) A research paper presenting the work completed, results, and discussion of the findings; and 2) A public presentation on the research or work project. This course will be offered in the fall.

INTN 3011: Global Engineering Leadership Experience, Adjo Amekudzi-Kennedy & John Koon
Each student in the leadership minor program must complete a work-abroad, research-abroad, or study-abroad experience. The purpose is to give the student an opportunity to exercise leadership of self and others in a foreign engineering or technology environment on a real-world problem. The experience will offer students the opportunity to develop and apply cross-cultural skills required in the successful completion of projects.

Learn more about the Spring 2017 CEE 4350: Environmental Technology in the Developing World class experience in Bolivia.