Dynamic engineers are capable of abstract thinking and high-level problem solving. These Silk Road engineers succeed in teams, work well across countries and cultures, have strong interpersonal skills, and are capable of communicating technical information in lay language. … More Silk Road Engineers
We believe that engineering education must help students develop comprehensively beyond learning technical skills. They must learn more about emotional intelligence, social awareness, and appreciate diversity, including that of thought and opinion. … More Endowing Swagger
Ever think about running a start up? Will you be able to facilitate social good through a nongovernmental organization? Are you the innovator who will change an industry? Will you lead a company? Are you the researcher who will move science forward? Will you be the inventor who will produce amazing new products? Will you be an advocate for sustainability? Will you help the less fortunate among us to educate themselves and their children? Will you advance public policy? Will you be a mentor? … More Letter to a young graduate
We’re trying to grow innovators at McMaster Engineering. From our academic programs to an extracurricular innovation ecosystem, our efforts are based on improving the value that our graduates bring to society. We recognize that engineers will not be able to change the world by themselves and that diversity of thought and disciplines matters. … More History shows: Innovation requires a recipe
My advice to incoming students this fall semester? Seek a university that is multicultural, where teaching is not just text based, which facilitates self directed learning, and keeps improving its community spaces and information technology infrastructure to allow students to collaborate. … More Students Today and Jobs Tomorrow
Wicked problems confronting us include climate change, international drug trafficking, refugee resettlement, the emerging Zika virus pandemic, terrorism and war, food security, better healthcare, assisted dying and social equity. The solution to any one of these problems, say refugee resettlement, requires the solution of a host of other interconnected problems. … More Let’s solve wicked problems
Often overlooked, the role of failure during experiential learning is an important aspect for a leader to consider. Success is predicated as much on learning through failure as it is on recalling success. … More Experiments in leadership: Why we fail
Leadership is difficult. There is a constant proliferation of policies and regulations, and increasing expectations regarding compliance, which leads to a need for constant conflict resolution. Who needs more stress in their life? … More Reluctant leadership: Why bother to lead?
It is important to recognize that the value of the education that we provide is to not only enhance employability but that our graduates must urgently learn to innovate and ride the waves of imminent disruption. … More The global knowledge society
Academic leadership poses many challenges. How can you facilitate short term wins and yet seed longterm change in a culture that is firmly rooted within the principle of tenure? How do you lead colleagues who are older and have more experience? What is the best way to meet and connect with hundreds of colleagues and thousands of students? How do those … More Be a leader. Are you ready?