October 28, 2016 - 2:15 pm — 3:15 pm
Life Science Building (LSB) 001
This talk will focus on themes related to leadership in engineering and the potential for expanding the roles of engineers in order to improve our society and economy in the future. At the heart of this thesis is an engineering commitment to the betterment of humans directly linked to environmental, social, and economic issues with moral and ethical implications. The ability to empathize with others and understand other social emotions is crucial in understanding the nature of these complex opportunities. Starting with the crucial tool language, a conjecture is considered that teaching effective communication and observational skills is required to ensure this vision. This includes recognizing patterns of effective and defective leadership, stagnation and innovation, and organizational structures. Equipped with these abilities engineers should take a more active leadership role in collaborative higher education, civic engagement, technical businesses, and in government affairs.
About Dr. Mark Povinelli
Dr. Mark Povinelli is the Kenneth A. and Mary Ann Shaw Professor of Practice in Entrepreneurial Leadership in the College of Engineering and Computer Science and the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. He has investigated ways in which multidisciplinary team based experiential learning across department, school and college boundaries can enhance educational outcomes. Prof. Povinelli is also interested in what influences and perspectives can be gained at the intersections of engineering, the arts, and humanities and the impact of science and technology in modulating the human experience. Dr. Povinelli has extensive professional engineering leadership experience at Texas Instruments, General Electric, and Lockheed Martin in the research, development, and production of airborne radar and EW systems including on the F-22 Raptor and E-2D Advanced Hawkeye programs. In addition he has been a partner in several small business start-ups providing innovation and management leadership. He is recognized as having significantly contributed to the research and development of wideband phased array antennas and 3-D computer-aided design electromagnetic simulation tools.