At the 2015 American Society of Engineering Management International Annual Conference, I presented a paper I wrote about my experience as a project manager in a service-learning course. Even after several years in project leadership roles in the aerospace industry, I found it to be a valuable experience. Many of my fellow project managers found it to be a great learning experience as well.
Throughout an undergraduate program in engineering, there are multiple opportunities for hands on laboratory experiences that are related to course content. However, a similar immersive experience for engineering management graduate students is harder to incorporate for all students in a course at once. For example, team projects can be used, but only one student can be the leader at a time. A computer simulation can enable all students to be leaders of simulated teams, but the simulated experience may lack realism or completeness. This paper explores an experiential learning opportunity for graduate students in engineering management or project management programs: leading a team of undergraduates through a project in a service-learning course.
Reck, R. M. (October 2015). Service-Learning: An Opportunity for Experiential Learning in Project Management. In Proceedings of the International Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Management