Certificate in Engineering Leadership

Program Learning Outcomes for the Certificate in Engineering Leadership

Upon completing the certificate in Engineering Leadership, students will be able to:

  1. Communicate Effectively: Apply effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication strategies.
  2. Make Timely Decisions: Apply analytical and creative problem solving to deliver timely solutions based on the information at hand.
  3. Work on Teams: Understand and analyze team dynamics to empower those around them to be  successful in accomplishing team goals.
  4. Manage Projects: Demonstrate knowledge of the basic tools and techniques to deliver projects on-time, on budget and within scope.
  5. Self-Lead: Develop self-awareness to build personal mastery, exhibit discipline, and make conscious self-improvement.
  6. Create a Vision: Develop a clear vision that sets future personal and team direction. 
  7. Apply Ethics and Analyze Values: Analyze personal and organizational values and apply ethics concepts to his/her decision-making. 

Requirements for the Certificate in Engineering Leadership

Students pursuing the certificate in Engineering Leadership must complete: 

  • A minimum of 7 courses (at least 11 credit hours) to satisfy certificate requirements.
  • A Leadership Development Plan.
  • An Engineering Internship.
  • An Engineering Launch Pad Requirement.
  • A Senior Leadership Portfolio and Presentation. 
  • A minimum overall GPA of 2.00 in required coursework with a minimum grade of C (2.00 grade points) in each course.

No credit hours counted toward the student's major or minor degree requirements can be applied toward the certificate. Only declared Engineering majors are eligible for the certificate and are required to formally declare their intention to pursue the certificate within their first two years at Rice. 

This certificate is not a freestanding degree program; in addition to fulfilling the certificate requirements outlined below, candidates will be required to complete successfully the degree program to which they have been admitted in order to receive this certificate. Upon completion, the certificate is awarded at the same time as the conferral of the student’s Rice degree, along with a formal notation on their academic transcript.

The courses listed below satisfy the requirements for this certificate. In certain instances, courses not on this official list may be substituted upon approval of the certificate’s academic advisor, or where applicable, the Program Director. (Course substitutions must be formally applied and entered into Degree Works by the certificate's Official Certifier.) Students and their academic advisors should identify and clearly document the courses to be taken.

Summary

Total Credit Hours Required for the Certificate in Engineering Leadership11

Certificate Requirements

Core Requirements
RCEL 100SELF-AWARENESS AND THE ENGINEERING LEADER2
RCEL 200PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR THE ENGINEERING LEADER2
RCEL 300DEVELOPMENT OF HIGH PERFORMING ENGINEERING TEAMS2
RCEL 400LOADING HIGH PEFORMING ENGINEERING TEAMS2
Leadership Development Plan 1
Engineering Internship 2
RCEL 241INTERNSHIP PRACTICUM FOR ENGINEERING LEADERSHIP0
Engineering Launch Pad Requirement
Select 1 course from the following:1
ENGINEERING LAUNCH PAD-RESEARCH
ENGINEERING LAUNCH PAD-INDUSTRY
ENGINEERING LAUNCH PAD-NON-ENGINEERING PATHWAYS
ENGINEERING LAUNCH PAD-ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Leadership Action Learning
RCEL 450PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP ACTION LEARNING2
Senior Leadership Portfolio and Presentation 3
Total Credit Hours11

Footnotes and Additional Information

Additional Recommended Courses

The following courses are not required to complete the certificate in Engineering Leadership, but are highly recommended:

BUSI 310LEADING PEOPLE IN ORGANIZATIONS3
ENGI 120INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING DESIGN3
ENGI 128INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING SYSTEMS3
ENGI 242COMMUNICATION FOR ENGINEERS: BUILDING A PRACTICAL TOOLBOX3
ENGI 303 / CEVE 322ENGINEERING ECONOMICS3
ENGI 320 / CEVE 320ETHICS AND ENGINEERING LEADERSHIP3
ENGI 428ENTREPRENEURSHIP INDEPENDENT STUDY1

Policies for the Certificate in Engineering Leadership

Programs and Restrictions

Students pursuing the certificate in Engineering Leadership should be aware of the following program restriction:

  • As noted in Majors, Minors, and Certificates, students may declare their intent to pursue a university certificate only after they have first declared a major.
  • No credit hours counted toward a student's major or minor degree requirements can be applied toward the certificate in Engineering Leadership. 
  • Only declared Engineering majors are eligible for the certificate and are required to declare formally their intention to pursue the certificate within their first two years at Rice.

Transfer Credit 

For Rice University’s policy regarding transfer credit, see Transfer Credit. Some departments and programs have additional restrictions on transfer credit. The Office of Academic Advising maintains the university’s official list of transfer credit advisors on their website: https://oaa.rice.edu. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic program’s transfer credit advisor when considering transfer credit possibilities. 

Program Transfer Credit Guidelines

Students pursuing the certificate in Engineering Leadership should be aware of the following program-specific transfer credit guidelines:

  • Requests for transfer credit will be considered by the program director (and/or the program’s official transfer credit advisor) on an individual case-by-case basis.

Additional Information 

For additional information, please see the Engineering Leadership website: http://www.rcelconnect.org/

Opportunities for the Certificate in Engineering Leadership

Academic Honors

The university recognizes academic excellence achieved over an undergraduate’s academic history at Rice. For information on university honors, please see Latin Honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude) and Distinction in Research and Creative Work. Some departments have department-specific Honors awards or designations.

Additional Information

For additional information, please see the Engineering Leadership website: http://www.rcelconnect.org/