Engineering Leadership and Innovation Management

Graduate Program HeadTimothy Simpson
Program CodeELIM
Campus(es)University Park (M.Eng.)
Degrees ConferredMaster of Engineering (M.Eng.)
The Graduate Faculty

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The program is designed to develop the attributes required by today’s successful engineering leaders. Specifically, these include increased technical competency, expanded professional skills, the ability to identify opportunities for improvement, and the acumen 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:

  • Evaluate leadership and innovation management strategies for corporate innovation and identify opportunities for new products and businesses in alignment with an organization’s strengths and weaknesses within an existing business structure.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of cultural and international boundaries, effectively considering the implications of cultural and international business differences on project implementation.
  • Employ design thinking and project management strategies to lead engineering teams in solving complex engineering problems.
  • Apply project management methods including the implementation of techniques for planning, scheduling, budgeting, and controlling project performance. 
  • Demonstrate proficiency in oral and written communication appropriate to engineering leadership and innovation management.
  • Develop self-awareness of personal leadership attributes and areas for growth in fostering cultures of innovation and creativity in engineering teams.
  • Explain corporate financial documents and develop financial projections for new innovations.

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 project.

Admission Requirements

Applicants apply for admission to the program via the Graduate School application for admission. Requirements listed here are in addition to Graduate Council policies listed under GCAC-300 Admissions Policies.

Educational Background

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, 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 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.

Core Application Packet

  • Completed official online Graduate School application and payment of nonrefundable application fee. The graduate application includes the following:
    • Personal statement: 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.
    • 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.

GRE scores will not be accepted.

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.

Degree Requirements

Master of Engineering (M.Eng.)

Requirements listed here are in addition to Graduate Council policies listed under GCAC-700 Professional Degree Policies.

Total required credits for the ELIM program is 30 credits. 

Required Courses
ENGR 405Project Management for Professionals 13
ENGR 408Leadership Principles 1 3
ENGR 411Entrepreneurship Business Basics 1 3
ENGR 501Engineering Leadership for Corporate Innovation3
ENGR 802Engineering Across Cultures and Nations3
ENGR 804Engineering Product Innovation3
Electives 2
500-level elective 3
500- or 800-level elective3
400-, 500-, or 800-level elective 3
Culminating Experience
ENGR 805ELIM Capstone Project 33
Total Credits30

Minor

Requirements listed here are in addition to requirements for minors in Graduate Council policies listed under GCAC-600 Research Degree Policies and GCAC-700 Professional Degree Policies.

Successful engineers and technical experts are expected to be well versed not only in technical skills but also in professional 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.

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 dissertation committee and prior to scheduling the comprehensive examination.
  • Applicants to the Engineering Leadership and Innovation Management (ELIM) minor must submit a Request to Add Graduate Minor form.

Minor Requirements

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

Master’s Minor

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

ENGR 501Engineering Leadership for Corporate Innovation3
ENGR 802Engineering Across Cultures and Nations3
ENGR 804Engineering Product Innovation3
ENGR 405Project Management for Professionals 13
Total Credits12

Doctoral Minor

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

ENGR 501Engineering Leadership for Corporate Innovation3
ENGR 802Engineering Across Cultures and Nations3
ENGR 804Engineering Product Innovation3
ENGR 405Project Management for Professionals 13
500-level elective in a related field 23
Total Credits15

Student Aid

Refer to the Tuition & Funding section of The Graduate School’s website. 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.

Engineering (ENGR) Course List

Contact

Campus University Park
Graduate Program Head Timothy William Simpson
Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) or Professor-in-Charge (PIC) Teresa Caroldean Lang
Program Contact

Letitia LaNaye Bullock
213 Hammond Building
University Park PA 16802
lqb4@psu.edu
(814) 865-2952

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