SELM SIG Workshop - Power & Influence: Expanding our understanding, teaching, and use with Dr. Lianne Lefsrud, P.Eng

  • 09/17/2020
  • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (MDT)
  • online: link will be provided in registration confirmation email


Please join the SELM SIG for it’s September workshop, featuring Dr. Lianne Lefsrud, P.Eng., Assistant Professor, Engineering Safety and Risk Management, Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Alberta.

Abstract: Most engineering students receive some instruction on team functioning, leadership, entrepreneurship, and perhaps management conundrums. Power and influence underlie these group dynamics, yet are rarely examined. This workshop will:

  • outline various theories of power,
  • discuss how these forms of power can be recognized and managed, and
  • give relevant examples and exercises for use in the classroom.

Speaker Bio: Lianne Lefsrud examines methods of hazard identification and risk management, risk evaluation and social license to operate, and drivers of technology adoption in oil and gas, mining, pipelining, construction, agriculture, and railroading, among other industries. Her research asks: How can decision-making systems be enhanced so that organizations are better equipped to recognize, adapt to and absorb unforeseen events and manage the resulting risks? She has an BSc in Environmental Engineering, MSc in Environmental Engineering and Sociology, a PhD in Strategic Management and Organization. Professionally, her career spans two decades with senior roles in industry, consulting, and regulation. Besides doing internationally award-winning research, she also provides policy and strategy advice to government and industry. For more, see: and

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