System Engineering can help derive requirements and specifications to build virtual environments which are good to test behaviors and attitudes. Virtual simulations can have a strong impact because role-playing facilitates active learning, permits the acceptance of new concepts, and generates increased interest, enthusiasm, and motivation. Research over the last 50 years has shown that reasoning with and about context is an essential aspect of human cognition, permeating language, memory, and reasoning capabilities. This integral process is developed over a lifetime through experiential learning. In this research, we utilize systems engineering to capture guidelines from psychologist and concepts of technological leadership. These guidelines are converted in requirements and technical specifications (using SySML) of virtual simulation environments (built in OpenSim). Then, this virtual simulation environments are used to test subjects and see the potential changes in leadership skills. The research is a promising step in the test of attitudes and leadership in STEM environments.
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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
College of Engineering and Computer Science
Industrial Engineering and Management Systems
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Doctoral Dissertation (Open Access)
Davis, Charles, "Investigation in Engineering Leadership Using System Engineering and Virtual Reality" (2020). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 204.