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Helping Students Become Whole-Brain Engineers

Helping Students Become Whole-Brain Engineers

McCormick Office of Personal Development helps students transform into self-aware, empowered, and knowledgeable whole-brain engineers.

About the Office of Personal Development

The McCormick Office of Personal Development (MOPD) supports the McCormick School of Engineering's focus on its students and provides resources, opportunities, and experiences for their personal growth.

Through this environment, MOPD helps transform students into whole-brain™ engineers, who engage the world with both “left-brain” analytical thinking and “right-brain” creative thinking to best understand, frame, and solve complex problems.  

Our Mission

Self-awareness

We strive to help students become more self-aware.

Self-empowerment

We help empower students to take ownership and responsibility for their learning.

Self-advocacy

We guide students to obtain knowledge about the opportunities available to them, and help them understand how those opportunities connect to their personal goals.

Resilience

We help students become highly resilient and guide them to develop the scope of vision to take on complex problems.

Developing Five Core Competencies

MOPD helps students develop the skills to be lifelong adaptive learners by fostering the five core competencies:

Awareness

Awareness

Leveraging intellectual curiosity and the confidence to question as you create your personal, professional, and civic identity.

Optimization

Optimization

Identifying tensions among competing resources and desired outcomes, and applying resources to accomplish goals.

Fidelity

Fidelity

Loyalty to a consistent level of quality and integrity based on internal motivations, rather than external demands or rewards.

Resilience

Resilience

Persevering in the face of challenging situations.

Self-reliance

Self-reliance

Confidently applying knowledge of yourself and your abilities in the service of your values and goals.

Our Courses

Learn with us

We offer courses to help engineering students achieve the best possible experience at McCormick by learning skills to help them better connect to themselves and with each other.


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