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Graduate Degree Programs

Engineering Leadership and Innovation Management


Dr. Sven Bilén, Ph.D., P.E., Head of the School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs
Department office: 213 Hammond Building
814-865-7589

Degree Conferred:

Master of Engineering (M.Eng.)
Minor (Residential and World Campus)

The Graduate Faculty

The Program

The program is designed to develop the attributes required by today’s successful engineering executives.  Specifically, these include increased technical competency, expanded professional skills, the ability to identify opportunities for improvement, and the ability to work effectively in a globally connected engineering environment.  Upon completion of the full one-year program, the successful student will have developed and demonstrated abilities enabling them to: establish and ensure team/project alignment with an organization’s mission, vision, strategy, and tactics; identify needs and effectively allocate resources to complete a project; form, lead, and serve effectively on teams (e.g., handling diversity in its many manifestations, negotiating effectively, and resolving personnel conflict or team dysfunction); work with others to identify opportunities for new products and businesses within an existing business structure; develop a product, service, or process from a concept to fielded solution or commercialization; identify personal strengths and workplace trait preferences through self-critical reflection and create a plan that incorporates identified personal strengths to address personal development opportunities; apply these critical skills to develop others in the work group; identify organizational strengths and weaknesses in order to define improvement strategies and plans; and lead cross-cultural and international projects, teaming with engineers and business professionals from around the U.S. and the world.  These learning outcomes will be achieved through a combination of lectures by faculty, invited guest lecturers, reading of key literature, individual and team projects (including international virtual-team projects), and practical involvement in an engineering capstone design/market development team. Students enrolled in other M.S., M.Eng., or Ph.D. programs can also build knowledge and competencies in Engineering Leadership and Innovation Management through the minor described below.

Master of Engineering Admission Requirements

Educational Background

Admission requirements listed here are in addition to requirements stated in the GENERAL INFORMATION section of the Graduate Bulletin

The student cohort should reflect today’s international engineering environment, with selective admittance.  The admission requirements include:

  • Applicants must hold an undergraduate degree in engineering.  Applicants must have a 3.0 minimum undergraduate GPA (or equivalent). Exceptions to the minimum 3.0 grade-point average may be made for students with special backgrounds, abilities, and interests at the discretion of the program. Applicants will be accepted up to the number of places available for new students.
  • 1 year of professional experience in an engineering position (or equivalent). Students wishing to enter the program directly from an undergraduate degree can fulfill the 1 year requirement for engineering experience through summer internships, summer employment, or co-op experiences plus additional experience within professional societies.  Justification for this experience should be included in the Personal Statement during the application process.
  • Submission of a completed online Graduate School Application for Admission, including a Personal Statement, resume, and three letters of recommendation. The Personal Statement should include a 2-3 page essay demonstrating your written communication skills with the following information: a) statement of purpose (career and educational goals), b) narrative describing your leadership and innovation experiences through summer internships, summer employment, co-op experiences, community engagement, professional societies, etc. and c) narrative describing your professional experience in an engineering position (or equivalent) to meet the 1 year requirement.
  • Submission of official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.
  • Submission of official scores from the Graduate Record Examination General Test (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).

Applicants who are still completing their baccalaureate requirements at the time of application may be provisionally admitted to the Graduate School conditional on the awarding of the baccalaureate degree.

Core Application Packet

  • Completed official online Graduate School application and payment of nonrefundable application fee.
  • Statement of purpose: a 2-3 page essay articulating career and educational goals that demonstrates your written communication skills.
  • Vita or Résumé.
  • Three letters of recommendation that attest to your readiness for graduate study and document the requisite minimum of one year of work experience. Letters must be submitted through the online application. Within the online application you will be asked to enter the names and email addresses of three individuals who will be providing your recommendation. Those individuals will receive a note via email asking them to complete a brief form that will serve as your recommendation. Please inform all recommenders they must submit the form in order for your application to be complete.
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.

Master of Engineering Degree Requirements

Requirements listed here are in addition to requirements stated in the DEGREE REQUIREMENTS section of the Graduate Bulletin.

Total required credits for the ELIM program is 30 credits. 

Required courses: (18 credits, plus the 3-credit capstone course described below)

  • ENGR 408: Leadership Principles*
  • ENGR 411: Business Basics for Entrepreneurs*
  • ENGR 501: Engineering Leadership for Corporate Innovation
  • ENGR 802: Engineering Across Cultures and Nations
  • ENGR 405: Project Management for Professionals
  • ENGR 804: Engineering Product Innovation

Elective Courses: 9 credits

  • 500-level elective  (3 credits)
  • 500- or 800-level elective (3 credits)
  • 400-, 500-, or 800-level elective (3 credits)

These electives (course options list available) will be chosen by the student, in consultation with their company (if they are associated with a sponsoring company) and the ELIM program director.  Electives should be chosen to meet the needs and interests of the student and can be selected from across the university.  The electives can utilize existing courses within the graduate curricula of the College of Engineering, Smeal College of Business , Psychology, or Organization Development and Change and Workforce Education and Development within the College of Education, allowing the student to expand his/her knowledge in a technical, business or psychology focus area.  Students may also pursue a concentration in a specific related domain by completing the 9 elective credits in one of the following core areas: Psychology of Work, Leadership and Decision Making, Organization Development and Change, or Work Force Education and Development.  In addition, there are two Graduate Minor Programs and one Certificate Program at the University that can be completed through the 9 elective credits: Electrochemical Science and Engineering Master’s Minor, Computational Science Graduate Minor, and Human Factors Engineering and Ergonomics Graduate Certificate Program.

Culminating Experience: 3 credits

  • ENGR 805: ELIM Capstone Project

The Capstone course provides an opportunity to apply and integrate the knowledge and skills that were gained throughout the ELIM program with strategic management concepts.  Capstone projects will target real world opportunities, problems, and challenges of an existing organization.  Students who successfully complete this course will be able to: identify and assess the impact of opportunities and threats in a company’s external environment, including its industry and its set of competitors; identify and assess a company’s internal strengths and weaknesses, and match them with its opportunities and threats to suggest alternative strategies; define the business-level strategies of a company; define competitors, competitive rivalry, competitive behavior, and competitive dynamics; and describe corporate-level strategy of the company as it relates to the capstone project.

*Students entering the program who have previously taken ENGR 405, ENGR 408 or ENGR 411 will be required to substitute alternate courses under the direction of the program director.

Engineering Leadership and Innovation Management Minor

Successful engineers and technical experts are expected to be well versed not only in technical skills but also in so-called soft skills such as communication, ethics, entrepreneurial thinking, and professionalism.  These areas of leadership and innovation set technical experts apart and prepare them to be future global business leaders.  This graduate minor is highly relevant to numerous graduate degrees associated with engineering, business, technical, or science related programs.  This graduate minor consists of four 3-credit courses (12 credits) for master’s students and five 3-credit courses (15 credits) for doctoral students. 

Minor Admission Requirements:

  • Applicants must hold an undergraduate degree in engineering, science, or relevant discipline.
  • Applicants must have a 3.0 minimum undergraduate GPA (or equivalent). Exceptions to the minimum 3.0 grade-point average may be made for students with special backgrounds, abilities, and interests, at the discretion of the program.
  • Applicants must be accepted and/or currently enrolled in a graduate program at Penn State. Official requests to add a minor to a doctoral candidate’s academic record must be submitted to Graduate Enrollment Services prior to establishment of the doctoral committee and prior to scheduling the comprehensive examination.
  • Applicants to the Engineering Leadership and Innovation Management (ELIM) minor must submit a minor program application (see website for details).

Other Program Requirements:
In accordance with Graduate Council policy, a representative from the Graduate Faculty in Engineering Leadership and Innovation Management must be appointed to the doctoral committee of each student enrolled in the doctoral minor in Engineering Leadership and Innovation Management (ELIM).

List of Courses Included in the Master’s Minor:

The Engineering Leadership and Innovation Management (ELIM) minor (12-credits) is comprised of four courses:

    1. ENGR 501 Engineering Leadership for Corporate Innovation (3 credits-required course)
    2. ENGR 802 Engineering Across Cultures and Nations (3 credits- required course)
    3. ENGR 804 Engineering Product Innovation (3 credits-required course)
    4. ENGR 405 Project Management for Professionals (3 credits-required course)*

*Related courses may be substituted for ENGR 405 from an approved list of courses maintained by the ELD office.
Other elective courses outside this list may be petitioned for substitution to meet the ENGR 405 requirement.

List of Courses Included in the Doctoral Minor:

The Engineering Leadership and Innovation Management (ELIM) doctoral minor (15-credits) is comprised of five courses:

    1. ENGR 501 Engineering Leadership for Corporate Innovation (3 credits-required course)
    2. ENGR 802 Engineering Across Cultures and Nations (3 credits- required course)
    3. ENGR 804 Engineering Product Innovation (3 credits-required course)
    4. ENGR 405 Project Management for Professionals (3 credits-required course)*
    5. 500-level elective in a related field**

*Related courses may be substituted for ENGR 405 from an approved list of courses maintained by the ELD office.
Other elective courses outside this list may be petitioned for substitution to meet the ENGR 405 requirement.
**For a doctoral minor a 500-level elective in a related field is required.  Students must obtain approval for the elective course from their ELIM advisor in advance of registering.

Other Relevant Information

All graduate students must participate in Scholarship and Research Integrity (SARI) training by completing the online University module offered through the Office of Research Protections (ORP) during their first year of study and 5 hours of discussion-based training. The 5-hour discipline-specific discussion-based training may be obtained through participation in classroom discussions as part of ENGR 408 (5 hours) and ENGR 501 (5 hours), required courses within the ELIM program.  If students are unable to attend the specific lectures that include the SARI training, students will be able to attend seminars hosted by the College of Engineering that include professional development.  These requirements must be met before graduation.

Student Aid

Refer to the Student Aid section of the Graduate Bulletin. Students in this program are not eligible for graduate assistantships. 

Courses

Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 699 and 800 to 899. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.

Last Revised by the Department: Spring 2017

Blue Sheet Item #: 45-04-000

Review Date: 1/10/2017

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