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ENGR 405: Project Management for Professionals

This course covers the essential concepts and skills needed to make effective contributions on projects, on time and within budget.

ENGR 407: Technology-Based Entrepreneurship

Students learn about business and entrepreneurship through risk-taking, creativity, and innovation. This course helps students recognize their own ability to lead a team and move a product from idea to market through many challenging and exciting projects. The course is designed to increase students' team-working abilities, as well as leadership competencies.

ENGR 408: Leadership Principles

Students learn about leadership concepts, principles, and theories through discussions, projects, and readings. A grade of C or higher in this course grants you admission to the minor and eligibility to take our remaining courses. Online sections of ENGR 408 are designed to support students at Penn State's campuses who would like to complete the minor.

ENGR 409: Leadership in Organizations

This “mini MBA” course includes the analysis of exemplary organizations. This course offers students the unique opportunity to travel domestically to some of these organizations to learn first-hand what it means to be an engineering leader. Spring ENGR 409 offerings include a domestic travel component.

ENGR 411: Entrepreneurship Business Basics

Three critical entrepreneurship skills are covered for non-business majors: business finance, intellectual property, and marketing.

ENGR 422: International Leadership of Engineering and Development

This course focuses on leading international virtual cross-cultural, interdisciplinary teams in developing engineering solutions relevant to today’s global economy. Students will have opportunities to work with students from other countries on a semester-long project. This course is only offered in the spring semester. Students’ successful completion of this course provides eligibility to travel to finish the project with their international peers during the Maymester.

ENGR 496: Independent Study

Independent Study options include:

  • International/baobab project
  • Coaching
  • Schreyer Honors College honors thesis

ENGR 501: Engineering Leadership for Corporate Innovation

This course focuses on concepts and theory related to the study of leadership in an engineering context. Traditional and contemporary leadership theory will be analyzed to determine effective strategies for leading technical projects and innovation. Based on current literature and research into effective engineering leadership, students will focus on understanding concepts related to technical communication, optimization of engineering teams, and diffusion of innovation. Financial concepts and Lean Sigma practices will be assessed for effective engineering leadership decision-making.

Specific topics addressed related to the engineering leadership concepts include leadership in organizations, communications in the workplace, customer focus in organizations, financial knowledge, workforce focus in organizations, and operational excellence.

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to: distinguish leadership theory relevant to an engineering context; recognize commonalities of leaders in successful organizations; explain concepts for how innovation is diffused throughout a corporate culture; define communication concepts relevant for leading change in a diverse technical environment; and recognize the ethical and social implications of engineering work in a global environment. The overall objective for this course is to provide theoretical understanding and practice of leadership and innovation in technical contexts within the global business environment.

ENGR 802: Engineering Across Cultures and Nations

Engineering Across Cultures and Nations is a core course in the Engineering Leadership and Innovation Management graduate program and focuses on the primary knowledge areas and essential competencies required for successful engineers to live and work in today’s global marketplace. Within the context of engineering, the course will examine individual and cultural differences and how they impact communication and team dynamics. Students who complete the course will be able to understand sources of conflict that can arise from multicultural teams and effectively use the tools and resources discussed in class to manage individual and team motivation and minimize or effectively deal with conflict while harvesting the benefits of diversity as they work on a real-world virtual team project.

Within an engineering context, students who complete this course will be able to: demonstrate a proficiency in team-building, leadership, and service; construct creative solutions to engineering issues incorporating cultural differences among team members, suppliers, and customers; critically analyze personal and team-member competencies and biases; formulate and apply strategies to improve team dynamics, compose effective feedback, recognition, motivation, and corrective guidance for international/intercultural team members; evaluate business opportunities within international and cross-cultural markets; and examine moral, ethical, and legal dilemmas in cross-cultural environments. These topics will be explored in an engineering context through engineering projects, guest lecturers, and discussions.

The overall objective of this course is to provide students with a conceptual understanding of the impacts of multi-cultural influence on engineering problems and the leadership theory applicable for effective team performance.

ENGR 804: Product Innovation

This course focuses on the development of the competencies required to become a successful new product leader or corporate innovator within an engineering context. Course topics include identification and development of the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of entrepreneurial leaders; fundamentals of corporate entrepreneurship; methods to leveraging intellectual property (IP); and development and use of the Business Model Canvas (BMC) for product development and commercialization. These topics are central to leading new product/process development within an existing engineering corporation.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: describe the successful engineering leadership competencies of a corporate innovator, discuss and apply leadership strategies for leading innovation and creativity within engineering teams, analyze corporate innovation successes and failures and identify factors that play a role, outline the innovation management process and determine barriers to implementation inside the organization, define a successful new product launch using the Business Model Canvas (BMC), and describe the value of intellectual property and patent process to new product innovation within a corporation.

ENGR 805: Capstone Course

The capstone course is designed to provide an opportunity to apply and integrate the knowledge and skills that were gained throughout the Engineering Leadership and Innovation Management (ELIM) program with strategic management concepts. Capstone projects will target opportunities, problems, and challenges of an existing organization. After successfully completing this course, students will be able to: identify and assess the impact of opportunities and threats in a company, including its industry and its set of competitors; identify and assess a company’s internal strengths and weaknesses and suggest alternative strategies; define the business-level strategies of the company; define competitors, competitive rivalry, competitive behavior, and competitive dynamics; and describe corporate-level strategy of a company.

The overall objective of this course is to demonstrate the integration of theories, knowledge, and application of leadership and innovation to the needs of a dynamic global marketing place.



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. 

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Phone: 814-865-2952