The George R. Brown School of Engineering
The mission of the Rice Center for Engineering Leadership (RCEL) is to educate and develop Rice Engineers to become inspiring leaders, exceptional team members, effective communicators, and bold entrepreneurs. RCEL programming enhances traditional undergraduate education by developing skills that are not expressly covered by the traditional curricula from the School of Engineering. Ultimately, the goal of the RCEL Certificate Program in Engineering Leadership is to equip engineering students with the critical technical, communication, and leadership skills necessary succeed and excel professionally.
The Certificate Program is designed to familiarize undergraduate students with key leadership concepts and allow them to practice the skills necessary to function effectively in a variety of leadership roles – research, academia, executive management, policy-making, and entrepreneurship. Through coursework, extra-curricular activities, internship support, and community events, the Certificate Program lays a foundation for leadership advancement within 3-5 years of graduation. RCEL programming covers a range of important competency domains, including such topics as creative problem solving, conflict resolution, developing self-awareness, setting goals, project management, oral/written communication, and teamwork.
The Certificate Program culminates in the creation of a comprehensive Leadership Portfolio, which documents the personal, academic, and professional growth of the student over the course of his or her time in the program. As a requirement for the Certificate, each student must deliver a final Senior Leadership Presentation that synthesizes and expands upon the information included in the Leadership Portfolio.
In order to fulfill the requirements for the Certificate in Engineering Leadership, undergraduate students must successfully complete 10 credit hours of progressive coursework, in addition to several designated non-course requirements, including a Leadership Development Plan, Senior Leadership Presentation, and professional internship. Upon satisfactory completion of ALL requirements, the Certificate in Engineering Leadership will be formally recognized on the official transcript of the student. Only Engineering majors (declared or anticipated) are eligible to receive the Certificate.
Upon completing the Certificate in Engineering Leadership, students will be able to:
Students pursuing the Certificate in Engineering Leadership must complete:
CORE REQUIREMENTSStudents must complete the following 5 courses (8 credit hours) to satisfy the Certificate in Engineering Leadership Core Requirements.
LEADERSHIP ACTION LEARNING OR ADVANCED LAB OPTIONSTo fulfill the remaining certificate requirements, students must complete 1 to 2 courses depending on course selection (2 credit hours total) from the following:
NON-COURSEWORK SENIOR REQUIREMENTSThe Certificate Program culminates in the creation of a comprehensive Leadership Portfolio, which documents the personal, academic, and professional growth of the student over the course of his or her time in the program. As a requirement for the certificate, each student must deliver a final Senior Leadership Presentation that synthesizes and expands upon the information included in the Leadership Portfolio.
Additional Recommended Courses for Students Pursuing the Certificate in Engineering LeadershipThe following courses are not required to complete the Certificate in Engineering Leadership, but are highly recommended.
Note: Internally, the university uses the following abbreviations (4-digit codes) to identify the Certificate in Engineering Leadership. The following is a quick reference:
Course Catalog/Schedule - Course offerings/subject code: Courses from various subjects may apply toward the certificate. Department (or Center) Description and Code - Rice Center for Engineering Leadership: RCEL Certificate Description and Code - Certificate in Engineering Leadership: CEL
Engineering Leadership does not offer an academic program at the graduate level.
The official course offerings, including course descriptions, listed in the Engineering Leadership Undergraduate Requirements section can be found in Rice's Course Catalog.
To view the most recent course schedule for the 2016-2017 academic year, see Rice's Course Schedule.
For additional information regarding Engineering Leadership, see the department's website: http://www.rcelconnect.org/.