Current Projects and Initiatives

Global Engineering Competency: Definitions, Development Paths, and Situational Assessment
Investigators: Brent K. Jesiek (PI) and Sang Eun Woo (co-PI)
NSF Award: 1160455

CONTEXT: Recognizing growing demand for globally competent technical professionals, this project is focused on three dimensions of global engineering competency (technical coordination; engineering cultures; and ethics, standards and regulations) in six national/cultural contexts (China, Japan, India, France, Germany, and Mexico).
OUTCOMES: We are creating and validating a situational judgment test (SJT) as a scalable and reliable measure of global engineering competency, and with a particular emphasis on knowledge and sensitivity. We are also developing a variety of related training materials.
IMPACTS: Improve the ability of students and professionals to work in diverse and multicultural environments, including through high-impact curricular content and training strategies, and diagnostic tools that can be used for personnel selection and development.

CAREER: Becoming Boundary Spanners: Investigating, Enhancing, and Assessing the Experiences of Early Career Engineers
Investigators: Brent K. Jesiek (PI)
NSF Award: EEC-1254323

CONTEXT: Technical professionals are increasingly expected to act as boundary spanners who can communicate, collaborate and coordinate across organizational, disciplinary, demographic, stakeholder, and other boundaries.
OUTCOMES: We are creating a typology of boundary spanning roles and competencies for early career civil, electrical, and mechanical engineers to inform development of new instructional and assessment strategies.
IMPACTS: Clarify what knowledge, skills, attitudes, abilities and other characteristics are most important for working across boundaries, including to help organizations identify and develop talent for professional roles that require working across boundaries.