Growing strong leaders and team champions in work, life and technology

A Circle of Leaders

As the third and final year of the Engineering Legacy Lecture Series comes to a close, Series founder Dr. Stephanie Sullivan was honored with initiation into the East Carolina University Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society, on April 21, 2012, joining ECU student, faculty and community leaders as an Honorary Member.

Dr. Sullivan wants to thank all of the series speakers from 2010 – 2012 featured on this site as well as other speakers such as Dr. Bill Hall (2009), U.S. Army active duty Lt. Colonel Steven L. Delvaux (2008), and NC Army National Guard Captain Annie Hester (2008) who have also given their time to inspire ECU Engineering students.  The audience at each presentation was honored with the wisdom and presence of these twenty-eight tremendous men and women who provided unique perspective to consider in molding a lifelong leadership philosophy.

This fall 2012 will be the last offering of Engineering Project Management in its current form.  The live speaker series has only been held in the spring.  The ECU Engineering program has been transitioning to a format which mirrors that of the ECU College of Business:  http://www.ecu.edu/cs-bus/upload/LDP.pdf   The COB program is tremendous and serves as great role model for Engineering. 

As the spring 2012 semester end nears, Dr. Sullivan left her students with the challenge that regardless of where they are and what they are doing – whether on a summer engineering internship with the U.S. Navy or a burger broiling shift with BK – they must find a way to utilize their education in engineering, project management and leadership to go above and beyond the call of duty and make a difference.  Continuous improvement is always possible in any operation or organization.  One may not always be blessed with ideal job prospects, so each person must do his or her best to transform less than desirable activities into new opportunities.  At summer’s end, they should be able to identify at least three engineering accomplishments; and if able to do this on a job where they are expected to just deliver pizzas, that shows a more resourceful, talented and driven individual.  Exceed expectations!  Often, the hardest part is knowing what reasonable expectations are, both by leader and followers!  Wherever possible, find a leader who communicates expectations clearly, consistently and effectively.  Regardless of what lemons you are given in this world, make sweet lemonade.

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