Industry Workshops

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A unique feature of the Master of Engineering in Chemical Engineering Leadership program is industry-led workshops where M.Eng. students will assemble in Chicago to learn from senior executives who lead world-class companies and organizations. 

Leadership, business management, and engineering skills only contribute to value when they are applied to real-world challenges and opportunities.  Through the workshops and lectures, program participants will learn how the skills, processes, and practices presented in the course material have been successfully applied in a wide variety of roles and situations.  In addition, participants will share their personal experiences in smaller break-out sessions, and how what they have learned can be applied to their current work or study opportunities. 

Workshop Objectives

  • Application: See how the concepts learned in the course materials are applied to opportunities in industry and research.
  • Integration: Understand how engineering, business management, and leadership skills are integrated to deliver high-value solutions.
  • Networking:  Develop relationships with classmates, alumni, and industry leaders and learn from participants' viewpoints and experiences.
  • Personal development: Prepare a personal development plan to incorporate the skills learned into current work and growth opportunities.

Review of key concepts
Highlights the “critical few” concepts and principles that will underpin the discussions and teachings of the workshop.

  • Define the value of an opportunity through financial and non-financial metrics.
  • Understand the value chain and impacts/contributions along the full chain.
  • Impact of vertical/horizontal integration within an organization and outside the organization on value delivery.
  • Discern how a value proposition impacts all stakeholders.
  • Communicate the value message to a wide range of audiences and stakeholders.

Case Studies
Analyze one or two case studies and relate them back to the key principles.

  • Explore an example of an integrated business that identifies and realizes more value across the value chain than its competitors.
  • Understand how the value was communicated to others to enlist their participation and contribution to optimize overall value.

Guest speakers
Hear from industry leaders and alumni as to how they have applied the concepts and principles to opportunities in their careers.

  • How to maximize value across a large multi-sector value chain.
  • How to avoid value leakage between functions within an organization.
  • How to communicate from operators to CEOs and to investors/shareholders.

Class Challenge
Work in small teams to analyze a challenge provided by one of the guest speakers.

  • Identify the value captured along each part of the value chain from the case studies and industry examples. 

Implementation plan
Develop a plan to apply what was learned in the workshop to current growth opportunities; the focus should be on what can be implemented immediately to begin the skill development process.

  • What are the top three key takeaways from this workshop?
  • How will you apply them to your current work, research, or studies?

Review of key concepts
Highlights the “critical few” concepts and principles that will underpin the discussions and teachings of the workshop.

  • Discover how the traits that make great team members are also characteristics of great team leaders. 
  • Understand the importance of helping team members understand how their work fits into the bigger picture.
  • Demonstrate how to lead vertically and horizontally in a multi-functional organization or across multiple organizations.
  • Explore how to leverage diverse cultures, skills, and viewpoints to maximize results.

Case Studies
Analyze one or two case studies and relate them back to the key principles.

  • Analyze an example of a team or organization that was transformed by an effective leader.
  • Discuss how to manage teams across multiple cultures and geographic locations.

Guest speakers
Hear from industry leaders and alumni as to how they have applied the concepts and principles to opportunities in their careers.

  • Disclose how leading a step change or significant improvement in a team’s or organization’s performance.
  • Share why diversity and inclusion are business imperatives in today’s global business environment.

Class Challenge
Work in small teams to analyze a challenge provided by one of the guest speakers.

  • Correlate the “self as leader” skills and capabilities to the characteristics of high-performing teams. 
  • Identify the leadership behaviors that drove team performance from the case studies and industry examples.

Implementation plan
Develop a plan to apply what was learned in the workshop to current growth opportunities; the focus should be on what can be implemented immediately to begin the skill development process.

  • What are the top three key takeaways from this workshop?
  • How do the workshop takeaways link to personal insights gained from “self as a leader”?
  • How will you apply them to your current work, research, or studies?


Action Plan

Each workshop participant will be expected to develop a personal leadership and development action plan to apply their learnings to their own career objectives.  This plan will include immediate actions (what can I apply tomorrow), near-term, and long-term actions.  Unless skills are exercised and applied to personal situations in an ongoing manner, they will be lost or their value will be significantly diminished.