Our overriding goal at Phoenicia University is to shape the leaders of tomorrow. The College of Engineering at Phoenicia University is committed to this vision. An engineering leader makes a positive and sustainable difference in the community, the country and, indeed, the world. A natural question in this regard is “what makes an engineer a leader in his/her profession?” There are four "C" principles that are essential to become a leader in the engineering profession: character, competency, communication, and commitment.
Character is a permanent mark that shapes one's behavior and attitude. Integrity is imbedded in the engineering profession. An engineer is expected to exhibit the highest ethical standards of personal and professional integrity because the engineering profession fundamentally touches the lives and influences the well-being of people like no other profession in the world. Character also encompasses interpersonal skills because an engineering leader should have what it takes to lead effectively and efficiently a highly heterogeneous and diverse group of people.
Obviously, a good engineer should be competent in inventing, designing and building products or services. Technical competency is sustained through life-time learning. Competency is not only restricted to technical skills. It also encompasses a diverse portfolio of knowledge in liberal arts that would turn a regular engineer into a well-rounded engineer. Another essential trait is emotional intelligence. An engineering leader with high emotional intelligence knows how to alter his/her behavior, and how to shape others' behaviors, with the intent to get the best outcome out of a given situation.
In today's globalized world, an engineer should have superior communication skills – particularly in the English language because it is, after all, the international language in today's world. An engineer who does not know how to communicate eloquently and persuasively will struggle with being an international leader in the true sense of the word. Communication is not only restricted to mastering a language, but to also being tolerant, appreciative, and receptive to other cultures.
The engineer should be a committed professional who is passionate and goes the extra mile in performing his/her job. A committed engineer would never say, "This is not in my job description." A committed engineer is altruistic in terms of time and expertise.
- Dr. Karim Rbeiz
Dean of the College of Engineering