Dr. Cindy Rottmann, Ph.D. - University of Toronto
To realize its full potential, the engineering profession must embrace leadership as an integral
aspect of engineers’ work. However, leadership development for engineers is a relatively new area of
study. This session will present findings from a federally funded research project collaboratively led by
OSPE and The Troost Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering at the University of Toronto
(Troost Ilead). Our presentation is structured around the following four research questions:
1) To what extent do OSPE members view engineering as a leadership profession?
2) For those who struggle to see the connection, what personal and professional barriers get in their way?
3) For those who embrace leadership, what has supported and constrained their leadership efforts?
4) How do the personal and professional barriers identified above break down by gender, race,
nationality, industry, and career stage?
The interactive session will engage participants in small group discussions to explore the implications of
our findings at the level of self, organization, profession, and society.