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Robe Leadership Institute

Quinn Mitchell

Quinn Mitchell,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 27 September 2018

This semester, I am a part of the Robe Leadership Institute. This is a class dedicated to developing the leadership skills of Russ College students. The professor, Dr. David Bayless, combines lessons from the literature, from guest lecturers, and from his own life. These lessons take place twice a week in the form of round table discussions.

In addition, the class has a semester-long applied leadership exercise@mdash;the Eco Challenge. The Eco Challenge brings together engineers with students from other majors to develop sustainability-driven changes for the university and/or community.

The best part of the Robe Leadership Institute is that it is made for engineers. Unlike many leadership classes, this is based on the students also having a technical skill set. In my opinion, this makes the class much more worthwhile. Furthermore, since all the guest speakers are engineers, the class is one of the best opportunities in the Russ College to learn from successful engineers from industry. These engineers have a great deal of knowledge that is greatly
beneficial to students who are preparing to start their careers.

Although I am only five weeks into this class, I believe it is an extremely beneficial addition to
any Russ College student’s class schedule.

Eco-Challenge: Aquatic Center

Landon Rehmar

Landon Rehmar,
Senior, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 26 November 2017

This semester I had had the amazing opportunity to be selected into the Robe Leadership Institute. RLI is a unique course for graduating seniors in the Russ College. The purpose of the course is to develop engineering students’ leadership skill-set through valuable leadership insight and techniques. The course is led by one of the best professors in the Russ College, Dr. Bayless, a faculty member of the Mechanical Engineering Department.

One part of the RLI is a project called the Eco-Challenge. The Eco-Challenge is a competition to come up with sustainability projects around campus. It is a unique project with teams made of a combination of engineering students from RLI, business students from Select Leaders, and a wide variety of students from the Cutler Scholars Program.

This challenge helped everyone learn how to work in a diverse group and practice leadership skills. The interdisciplinary teams required us to work with students with entirely different backgrounds, mindsets, and problem solving skills.

My team’s project was to retrofit the aquatic center with new high efficiency LEDs. The project was a great learning experience and a huge success: if our recommendations are implemented we projected that the University will save over $14,000 and over 350,000 lbs of CO2 per year.

The competition concluded with presentations to our professors and various stakeholders around campus. My team ended up taking second place and on top of that, our project will most likely be implemented.

Eco-Challenge

This course and project have allowed me to learn things about leadership that most students don’t get the opportunity to learn. I really enjoyed working on the Eco-Challenge and would highly encourage anyone with the opportunity to take RLI to do so!

Spring Break in San Diego with RLI

Kevin White

Kevin White,
Senior, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 14 March 2017

My last Spring Break as a college student was definitely the best one. This fall, I was a member of the Robe Leadership Institute. This was a course that focused on building leadership skills to a small group Russ College seniors.

To conclude the course, we were fortunate enough to have to opportunity to take a trip out to San Diego, CA to meet with various CEOs while they give us a tour of their companies.

This trip could not have been possible without Russ College alumnus, Dan Squiller. Dan arranged for us to meet with these CEOs throughout the week.

It was so fascinating to hear the CEOs’ stories and career paths. After going a semester learning about leadership, it was so beneficial to see it in action. These CEOs are very successful and they told us their keys to becoming successful.

If you told me at the beginning of my freshman year that I would be spending my Spring Break meeting 6 CEO’s while allowing me to pick their brain, I would have called you crazy. This was honestly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I would like to think I took full advantage of it.

My favorite company that we saw was HM Electronics Inc. This company designs and manufactures the headsets that you see in fast food restaurants such as McDonalds and Starbucks. They also deal with many other electronic solutions in their market.

RLI in San Diego

Their CEO is Chuck Miyahira. Chuck gave us some great insight on how to succeed both early and later in our careers. Joining Robe Leadership Institute was one of the best decisions of my college career and I will take so much away with me as I begin my full-time job in June.

Participating in the Robe Leadership Institute

Kevin White

Kevin White,
Senior, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 29 October 2016

This semester, I have had the amazing opportunity to be selected into the Robe Leadership Institute. The purpose of RLI is to supply a group of selected graduating seniors in the Russ College (all engineering and technology majors) with leadership insight and techniques. Dr. Bayless (Mechanical Engineering Professor) facilitates and teaches this course.

Throughout the semester, we have successful Ohio University grads come in and speak to us about their leadership experiences and career advice. As a student, this is an incredible experience that most students don’t get. I am making sure to take advantage and to ask the speakers every question I can. To hear about a successful person’s career path, accomplishments, and failures and to ask them how they utilized different leadership techniques has been a great experience for me, as I approach graduation in May.

Also, I admire how excited the speakers are to give back to Ohio University Russ College students. An added bonus to this course is a trip to San Diego for Spring Break to further expand our leadership.

At the beginning of the course, our professor had us participate in a Challenge Course at the Ridges.

Challenge Course

The purpose of this event is to have our whole class participate in problem-solving activities. By doing these activities, I found out more about my peers in the class and their leadership techniques. I am excited to see how all of us make a transition as leaders by the end of the semester. I am so excited that I have decided to take this course and transition into a great leader in what ever I do.

Robe Leadership Visits San Diego

Leigh Ann Tumblin

Leigh Ann Tumblin,
Senior, Chemical and Biomolecular engineering

Athens, OH 6 March 2016

This past fall, I was a part of the Robe Leadership Institute (RLI) which is a class that focuses on learning about the characteristics of successful and effective leaders.

Every year, RLI takes a trip to San Diego, California, to meet CEOs of several companies in the area. During our trip, we got to meet the leaders of iTech, Wintress Engineering, Indyme, HM Electronics, and FieldLogix. These CEOs told us about their leadership experience and how they built their companies to be successful.

Robe Leadership on the Beach

We had a great time visiting the companies, but we also had the opportunity to do lots of sightseeing! My favorite part of the trip was visiting La Jolla Cove which was about a mile walk from our hotel.

La Jolla

We hiked along the shoreline and got to see and hang out with sea lions.

Sea Lions

San Diego was a beautiful place to visit and everyone had a blast for the whole week we were there. The trip convinced us that we need to move to San Diego, or at least come back and visit in the near future!