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 and Business Writing
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. Professor Mak.
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.

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 is $250.

Ph.D. Courses

ENGI E6001x and y Professional development and leadership for first year PhDs
0 pts. Professor Mak.
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 PhDs
0 pts. Professor Mak.
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 PhDs
0 pts. Professor Mak.
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 PhDs
0 pts. Professor Mak.
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.

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.