Complete Engineer - Communication

  • Complete Engineer - Communication


In its simplest form, communication is about influencing others to create positive change. It is not an overstatement to say that to engineer is to lead others to a solution. Practicing engineers must lead and lend their expertise in the service of society to those engaged in the solution.

From student organizations to classroom projects, you’ll be given many opportunities to lead in the College of Engineering. The question is, do you know how to lead? Motivate a team? Identify and leverage the skill sets of your teammates to get results? Give constructive feedback? These are critical skills and abilities that are required of engineering leaders to effectively serve society.

Communication Growth Model

Exposure Exposure

Student is open to respectful collaborative exchanges of information and ideas. Student demonstrates participation in and knowledge of various forms of communication and listening.

Examples where further growth can happen:
  1. Use a self-assessment tool to identify strengths and areas for improvement.
  2. Interview a peer, professional, staff or faculty member.
  3. Participate in critical thinking exercises (verbal or written).
  4. Participate in clubs, organizations, campus organized team experiences, competitions, or service-learning projects
  5. Attend (and asks questions at?) an academic talk
  6. Attend SciComm conference

Engagement Engagement

Student engages in self-initiated written and oral communication through iterative experiences. Student demonstrates through self-reflection an awareness of their current skills and opportunities for growth.

Examples where further growth can happen:
  1. Active participation in range of conversations and discussions
  2. Be more deliberate when asking questions, building on shared ideas, inviting other voices into the conversation, driving conversations
  3. Use appropriate verbal, written, non-verbal and listening skills
  4. Positively respond to diverse environments and perspectives
  5. Actively participate in formal communication setting (e.g., gives a poster or paper presentation, participates in roundtable discussion, presents at the Science Slam, etc.)

Transformation check-circle-1(status)

Student demonstrates growth, change, or positive shift in behavior knowledge, skills, or abilities by communicating effectively with a range of audiences.

Examples where further growth can happen:
  1. Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative conversations and discussions
  2. Lead and propel dialogue by asking questions, building on shared ideas, inviting other voices into the conversation, driving conversations.
  3. Consistently use effective and active verbal, written, non-verbal and listening skills based on the situation.
  4. Thoughtfully respond to and engage in diverse environments and perspectives

Students are exposed to this core competency by taking one of these courses:

City Campus - Lincoln (L) / Scott Campus - Omaha (O)

Opportunities for further development in this core competency can include: