Professional Development and Leadership

he Professional Development and Leadership (PDL) program educates students to maximize performance and achieve their full potential to become engineering leaders. Core sessions focus on development of skills and perspectives needed to compete and succeed in a fastchanging technical climate. Topics include professional portfolio (resume, cover letter, business writing, social media presence), communication skills, leadership, ethics, life management (stress, sleep, and time management) and more. Elective sessions include improvisation, effective presentations, Python, Git/GitHub, interview preparation, and much more.

M.S. students must complete the professional development and leadership course, ENGI E4000, as a graduation requirement. Ph.D. candidates are strongly encouraged to complete ENGI E6001– 6004 and should consult their program for PDL requirements. Undergraduate students are encouraged to participate in the professional development and leadership program.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND LEADERSHIP CORE FACULTY

Chuck Garcia:Communication
Helio Fred Garcia: Ethics and Integrity
Tamar Hofer: Social Media and Job Search
Sophia Hyoseon Lee: Communication
Paul Logston: Programming
Jenny Mak: Resume
Raleigh Mayer: Executive Presence
Elizabeth Strauss: Business Writing

COURSES

M.S. Courses

ENGI E4000x and y Professional development and leadership for engineers and applied scientists
0 pts. The PDL Instructional Team.
The PDL course aims to enhance and expand Columbia Engineering graduate students' interpersonal, professional, and leadership skills, through six core sessions, covering (1) in-person communication skills; (2) resume; (3) business writing; (4) social media and the job search; (5) executive presence; and (6) academic and professional ethics and integrity. ENGI E4000 also requires (4) elective sessions to further students development based on their personal interests. Students build upon and enhance interpersonal and intrapersonal skills to further distinguish themselves in classroom and career. This course is offered at the Pass/D/ Fail grading option.

Ph.D. Courses

ENGI E6001x and y Professional development and leadership for first year Ph.D.'s
0 pts. The PDL Instructional Team.
For first year doctoral students, emphasizing the skills needed for success in orienting them to Columbia and doctoral studies, including teaching and presentation skills (i.e., Microteaching, how to grade, hold office hours, conduct recitations, etc.); cultivating relationships with mentors, faculty, and colleagues; inclusivity; managing your budget; wellness; research and academic integrity and ethics.

E6002x and y Professional development and leadership for second year Ph.D.'s
0 pts. The PDL Instructional Team.
For second year doctoral students, emphasizing the skills needed for continued success in the doctoral program, including presentation and communication skills; academic writing skills; academic conference preparation; resiliency and project management skills.

E6003x and y Professional development and leadership for third year Ph.D.'s
0 pts. The PDL Instructional Team.
For third year doctoral students to facilitate career exploration including teaching, presentation and communication skills; public speaking and facilitation; CV and resume writing; and Getting Things Done.

E6004x and y Professional development and leadership for second year Ph.D.'s
0 pts. The PDL Instructional Team.
For fourth year doctoral students supporting job search and degree completion, including searching for job opportunities (Academia, Industry); interview preparation; creating an academic portfolio; conducting a job talk; negotiation and mediation skills.

GRADUATE CAREER PLACEMENT

While enrolled in a graduate program at Columbia Engineering you will also be coached by your dedicated Career Placement Officer. We look forward to working with you on your professional development and job search throughout your time at Columbia.

Gerald Contiangco
Industrial Engineering and Operations Research (BA)
Ivy Elkins
Computer Science
David Fitzgerald Industrial Engineering and Operations Research (OR)
Kristen Henlin
Applied Physics, Applied Mathematics, Medical Physics, Material Science and Engineering; Biomedical Engineering
John Hyde
Data Science
Mercedes Kriesel
Industrial Engineering and Operations research (FE)
Jennifer Lee
Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering
Mindi Levinson
Industrial Engineering and Operations Research (MSE & IE)
Emily McCormack
Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics; Mechanical Engineering
Raina Ranaghan
Chemical Engineering; Earth and Environmental Engineering

ENGLISH COMMUNICATION COURSES

M.S. Courses

ENGI E5000x, y, and s Workplace communication in English
E5001x, y, and s Professional presentation
E5002x, y, and s Professional communication in English
E5003x, y, and s Academic writing

E5009x, y, and s English communication independent studies
0 pts. Lect: 1.7. Professor Lee.
English communication proficiency is important for academic achievement and career success. In small group settings, interactions with instructor and fellow students to improve communication and writing skills. Individual tutoring sessions offered. Note: open only to Columbia Engineering Master's students. Grading is Pass/D/Fail. Course fee for ENGI E5000 is $350.

Ph.D. Courses

ENGI E7000x, y, and s English communication
E7001x, y, and s Professional presentation
E7002x, y, and s Advanced academic writing

E7009x, y, and s English communication independent studies
0 pts. Lect: 1.7. Professor Lee.
English communication proficiency is important for academic achievement and career success. In small group settings, interactions with instructor and fellow students to improve communication and writing skills. Individual tutoring sessions offered. Note: open only to Columbia Engineering PhD and MS to PhD track students. Grading is Pass/D/Fail.

ENGI E7101x and y Great presentations
0 pts. The PDL Instructional Team. Not offered in 2020–2021.
Hands-on, practice intensive course focuses on important elements of excellent formal presentations. Fundamental principles discussed and practiced in class can be applied in a variety of contexts including the short research talk, a lab talk, the formal conference presentation, a poster presentation, a job talk, an interview, a class presentation.

ENGI E7102x and y Academic writing
0 pts. The PDL Instructional Team. Not offered in 2020–2021.
Intensive analysis of principles of excellent writing for PhD students and scientists preparing a range of texts including research papers, conference posters, technical reports, research statements, grant proposals, and other relevant texts.

ENGI E7103x and y Pronunciation of American English
0 pts. The PDL Instructional Team. Not offered in 2020–2021.
Workshop-style class focusing on specific areas for improvement in pronunciation, stress, rhythm, intonation, and fluency. Analyze, describe, and practice articulation of vowels, consonants, consonant clusters, important morpheme structures (final -ed, final -s). Discuss word stress, sentence stress and rhythm, and intonation patterns across a range of discourse functions including narration, description, process, and persuasion. Student recitations of diagnostic passages recorded for observation and feedback on progress.