©2018 by René García Franceschini.

Gordon Engineering Leadership Program
Year Two Student, 2018 - 2019
Year One Student, 2017 - 2018

The Gordon Engineering Leadership Program is a co-curricular leadership development program for students in the School of Engineering. As an experiential learning program, students take hands-on classes in engineering design, project management, and interpersonal skills.

Year Two students are essentially responsible for running the various parts of the program, from the individual leadership coaching to Year One students to leading the various Engineering Leadership Labs (ELL's). I have had a variety of responsibilities as a Year Two student, including:

Student Conceived ELL

Once per semester, the weekly ELL is entirely student conceived, tested and executed. During the Fall of 2018, I was part of the team of three that designed this lab. We decided on the leadership capabilities that would be tested, the learning objectives and the class dynamics. We settled on an activity where the various teams had to run a series of tests on five potential new drugs, and make a judgment call on which drugs to bring to market. The lab received stellar reviews: 80% of students said the lab content and execution was above their expectations, and all students said that the lab should be run in future semesters.

Assessment Team

I was also part of the Assessment Team during the Fall of 2018. As a member of this team, it was my responsibility to coach fellow Year Two students on how to deliver effective feedback to Year One students. We also took on the task of revamping the quarterly peer review system to better reflect the goals of the program. Our team was recognized by the GEL Leadership as having been one of the most effective Assessment Teams in the history of the program.