MSOE is building on its strong history of industry partnerships in a unique and impactful way—the MSOE Mindset. It is an assimilation of the Servant-Leader Mindset, the Entrepreneurial Mindset, and MSOE’s new strategic plan, mission, vision, values and commitments. The MSOE Mindset identifies graduates as leaders of character; responsible professionals; passionate learners; and value creators.  

Faculty will focus on helping students develop the MSOE Mindset throughout their educational journey. By leveraging its industry partnerships, incorporating high-impact educational practices throughout campus, enhancing educational programs to deepen experiential learning, MSOE will ensure that all students use real-world projects in their field of study.

“While the articulation of the MSOE Mindset is new, the attributes that comprise this mindset have been visible on campus for a long time,” said Dr. Eric Baumgartner, vice president of academics. “There are faculty members who are successfully teaching the servant-leader mindset and others who are successfully teaching the entrepreneurial mindset. By fostering the MSOE Mindset throughout campus, we are preparing our graduates for the ever-changing world.”  

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The Servant-Leader Mindset

Since 2004, and with help from the Richard Pieper Family Endowed Chair for Servant-Leadership, MSOE has made a concerted effort to help students become self-aware and knowledgeable of their strengths and weaknesses—qualities which include foresight, authenticity and vulnerability; community builders who demonstrate empathy through effective listening, caring and coaching skills; and ethical professionals who are able to conduct themselves with a sense of usefulness, presence, acceptance and stewardship. Leitzke currently holds the Pieper Family Endowed Chair for Servant-Leadership and is responsible for integrating the servant-leadership philosophy throughout the social fabric and culture of the university. A search is underway to fill this position once she assumes her new role.  

The Entrepreneurial Mindset

The university has worked to instill an entrepreneurial mindset in students so that they demonstrate constant curiosity about our changing world and explore a contrarian view of accepted solutions; through connections they integrate information from many sources to gain insight and assess and manage risk; and they create value by identifying unexpected opportunities to create extraordinary value, and persist through and learn from failure. MSOE is a member of the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN), allowing a number of faculty to play a key role in the transformation of engineering education that provides undergraduate engineers the tools and guidance to develop an entrepreneurial mindset, and empowering the next generation of Americans to live flourishing lives.