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Meg Handley

Associate Director of Engineering Leadership Development Undergraduate Programs
Assistant Teaching Professor


  • School of Engineering Design, Technology and Professional Programs
  • Engineering Leadership Development

213 Hammond Building


Google Scholar Profile

Research Areas:

Engineering Leadership Development




  • MSTR, Sports Administration, 2005
  • Ph D, Workforce Education, Pennsylvania State University, 2017


Journal Articles

  • Meg Handley, Jeff Plumblee, Brett Tallman, Brian Novoselich, Seth Sullivan, Tim Kennedy, Lori Houghtalen and May-Ling Tan, 2021, "Systematic Literature Review: Engineering Leadership Across Disciplines", IJEE
  • Jennifer Nicholas and Meredith Handley, 2019, "Employability development in business undergraduates: A qualitative inquiry of recruiter perceptions", Journal of Education for Business, 95, (22)
  • Meredith Handley and Catherine Berdanier, 2019, "Operationalizing Interpersonal Behaviors of Leadership for Early-Career Engineers", International Journal of Engineering Education, 35, (3), pp. 719-732
  • Meredith Handley, Sarah Ritter and Teresa Lang, 2018, "Design Your Future: Embedding Leadership and Career Development Into a First-Year Design Course", IJEE, pp. 16

Conference Proceedings

  • Krishnakumar Sandeep, Sallai Gabriella, Catherine Berdanier, Meg Handley, Teresa C Lang and Jessica Menold, 2020, "Roughing It: Evaluating a novel experiential design course on resiliency, self-leadership, and engineering design self-efficacy", St. Louis, MO, USA
  • Teresa C Lang, Travis Gehr, Meredith Handley, Jongho Park and Andrew Michael Erdman, 2020, "An evaluation of an engineering leadership development program on alumni job placement and career progression", ASEE, Online
  • Michele Fromel and Meredith Handley, 2019, "Engineering Leadership Styles Used in Industry Today", Tampa, Fl, USA
  • Meredith Handley, Teresa C Lang and Jongho Park, 2019, "Engineers as Leader Coaches", Tampa, FL, USA
  • Teresa C Lang, Meredith Handley and Andrew Erdman, 2019, "Intercultural Competency Differences between US and Central Asia students in an Engineering Across Cultures and Nations Graduate Course", Tampa, FL, USA
  • John Park, Dean Lang, Meredith Handley and Andrew Erdman, 2019, "Developing undergraduates' self-efficacy for engineering leadership: Relations among leadership attributes, teamwork skills, and creativity."
  • Dean Lang, Meredith Handley and Andrew Erdman, 2018, "Flipped classroom and emotional learning in an engineering leadership development course", Salt Lake City, UT, USA
  • Meredith Handley and Jeffrey Plumbtee, 2018, "Using a Systematic Review to Identify Leadership Competency Needs Across Engineering Disciplines", Salt Lake City, UT, USA
  • Meredith Handley, DH Lang, Andrew M. Erd andan, , 2017, "First Impressions: Evaluating Student Performance in Demonstrating Engineering Leadership", ASEE Conference, ASEE, Columbus, OH, USA
  • Meredith Handley, Teresa C Lang and Andrew M. Erdman, 2016, "Identifying Engineering Leadership Potential During the On-Campus Recruiting Process", ASEE Conference Proceedings, ASEE, New Orleans, LA, USA
  • Teresa C Lang, Andrew M. Erdman and Meredith Handley, 2016, "Lion Leadership Lessons- Delivering Engineering Leadership Lessons to a Broad Audience", New Orlean, LA, USA

Magazines/Trade Publications


  • Meredith Handley and Teresa C Lang, 2016, "PSU Masters of Engineering in Engineering Leadership and Innovation Management."

Research Projects

  • July 2020 - August 2021, "EOPC," (Sponsor: Penn State University).
  • July 2020 - August 2020, "Leonhard Center Teaching Enhancement Grant," (Sponsor: Leonhard Center).

Honors and Awards


Service to Penn State:

  • Assistance to Student Organizations, Advisor, Engineering Leadership Society, July 2020
  • Contribution to Programs to Enhance Equal Opportunity/Cultural Diversity, Co-Organizer, B.U.I.L.D. Nights, February 2019
  • Assistance to Student Organizations, Faculty Advisor, Faculty Advisor, Women in Science and Engineering Special Living Option, December 2018 - August 2020
  • Contribution to Programs to Enhance Equal Opportunity/Cultural Diversity, Co-Organizer, Maker Ambassador Program, August 2019

Service to External Organizations:




The School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs (SEDTAPP) delivers effective engineering education and unrivaled research opportunities through active, collaborative, project-based, and professionally oriented classroom experiences. SEDTAPP offers a variety of programs that partner faculty, students, and industry in the study of real-life engineering problems. Our programs teach students to solve real-life problems with innovative solutions. 

School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs

213 Hammond Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-2952