Exploring LegaCs
What story do you want to tell?
ABOUT

L = life stories of
e = engineers
g = growing
a = acting on
Cs = curiosity,
    connections,
    creating value
The mark a person leaves on the world represents their legacy. Legacy is about the value we create for other people and places in the world. The story of a person's life reflects their legacy.
Who are you? How did you get here? How will you make a difference in the world through your life’s work?  
 
When asked questions like these, many of us have no idea what to say….. We have never had the opportunity to be curious about ourselves, to make connections between our experiences and our growth, or to think about how we have been uniquely shaped to create value in the world.  
 
Exploring LegaCs is a multi-institutional, story-driven learning experience for engineering students that explores these questions and equips students to tell their unique stories of growth, identity, and vision. Students will connect their stories and experiences to think about their legacy - the story they want to tell with their life’s work.  
 
This is an 8-week experience that will meet virtually every Wednesday from 5-6pm (ET).  
 
Fall 2021 (September 1 through October 20) 
Week 1 (September 1) : Origins
Week 2 (September 8) : Defining Moments 
Week 3 (September 15) : Why? 
Week 4 (September 22) : Who are you?
Week 5 (September 29) : What If?
Week 6 (October 6) : Who will be better because of you? 
Week 6 (October 12) : Optional Office Hours with Professional Story Coach
Week 7 (October 13) : LegaC Story Labs 
Week 7 (October 18) : Optional Office Hours with Professional Story Coach
Week 8 (October 20) : LegaC Story Showcase Event 
 
 
During Exploring LegaCs, students network with other students and faculty from 5 KEEN universities (Arizona State University, Duke University, Georgia Tech, James Madison University, and Rochester Institute of Technology). They are coached by a professional storyteller as part of learning to tell their story. At the end of the program, students deliver a 5-minute, recorded "Ted-style" story called a LegaCs Story. The LegaCs Story seeks to answer the question - what story do you want to tell?  
 
Exploring LegaCs is made possible through a KEEN Rising Star grant awarded to Dr. Cristi Bell-Huff by the Kern Family Foundation.  

Dr. Cristi Bell-Huff
Ever since I was a little girl I have always wondered - "how do they make that?". From pondering how they mass produced my favorite cookies as a child to working as an R&D engineer figuring out ways to mass produce life-changing medications, my curiosity has always driven me to seek answers, look for ways to solve problems, and above all, care about other people. 
 
Indeed, I value my years in pharmaceutical product and process development but along the way I discovered something about myself. I discovered my passion for influencing people when teaching at night as an adjunct faculty member. I found that I thoroughly enjoy exploring ways to teach and mentor people to enhance their growth as engineers. That's when I knew I needed to start living out my calling as an engineering educator. 
 
I have taught aspiring engineers of all ages. I love engaging students as they discover the real joy of engineering is in solving challenging problems to help other people. I believe this next generation of engineers will be an integral part of solving some of the world’s toughest problems. This will only be possible by providing opportunities for them to develop into collaborative innovators who can work across disciplines in creative ways. In other words, the engineers of the future will need to combine a technical skillset to solve tough problems with a mindset that allows them to understand how best to collaborate and create value. Along my journey, I (again) began to wonder - "how do we make THAT?" Now I am on a mission to engineer the education of tomorrow's engineers.
Brady Bove Muñoz
I believe that engineering and poetry are related. In both, we are expressing a truth. For me, with engineering, I am using scientific truths to create solutions. With poetry, I am sharing the truth of the world that has been shown to me through my experiences. In everything I do, I aim to combine the lessons I have learned from engineering as a recent graduate from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an Optimized Operations engineer at 3M and from poetry as a published author. It is with this unique perspective that I tackle everything I do. I solve problems with math and technology, communication and empathy.
Dr. Kyle Gipson
Kyle Gipson is an associate professor at James Madison University. Strategic – Learner – Adaptive – Versatilist – Restorative; Titles do not define, they can only limit. I relish prospects of collaborating with others that are focused on engineering learning experiences that inspire exploration for purpose, personal, and professional growth. I am a military brat who graduated from a small liberal arts college located in the southern part of the United States. I worked in industry for 10 years and now I am at James Madison University in the Department of Engineering. I serve through the power of story as an advocate for the next generation of talent becoming positive change agents.  
Dr. Clark Hochgraf
Clark Hochgraf is a professor at Rochester Institute of Technology. An Engineer - Educator - Systems Thinker - Innovator - Husband - Father - Brother – Son; I’m defined by my relationships. I enjoy building understanding and consensus across seemingly disparate groups and ways of thinking. I enjoy building technological systems and sharing my enjoyment with others by developing and delivering educational experiences. I'm a learner. I am an optimist. I grew up on rural farm. I worked in industry for 11 years; Today, I teach at Rochester Institute of Technology, where I’m using the power of story to improve educational experiences and outcomes.
Dr. Joe Le Doux
Joe is an Associate Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. He is a recipient of the National Academy of Engineering’s Bernard M. Gordon Prize in 2019 “for fusing problem-driven engineering education with learning science principles to create a pioneering program that develops leaders in biomedical engineering”. His current research interests are in engineering education with a focus on the social-cultural aspects of highly interactive problem-driven learning environments, including how they impact students’ motivation, engagement, and sense of belonging and inclusion.
Dr. Stephanie Lunn
Stephanie is a postdoctoral fellow in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University. She recently completed her Ph.D. in computer science (C.S), and she also has B.S. and M.S. degrees in C.S. and neuroscience. As her background may suggest, her interests are varied, but she has a passion for problem solving. She also seeks to establish more inclusive environments in STEM fields, and her current research focuses on pedagogical approaches to develop empathy in engineering students.
Dr. Laura Shackelford
Laura is a Professor of English and founding Director of the Center for Engaged Storycraft at the Rochester Institute of Technology. She enjoys researching, writing, and teaching contemporary narrative and storytelling practices of all kinds - in fiction, science fiction, digital literatures, graphic novels, interactive narrative, non-fiction, poetry, games, animation, and film. Her books on late 20th and early 21st century American fiction and digital fiction explore speculation as an invaluable shared practice and site of lively exchange between scientific and literary cultures, as these mutually inform contemporary digital cultures globally. She now spends much of her time collaborating with interdisciplinary teams of scholars and makers who enjoy seeking out new creative and socially-minded potentials in computational media, digital storytelling, interactive media, digital cultures, and sciences of systems theory, bioinformatics, and engineering. 
Janece Shaffer
Award-winning playwright and StoryReady Founder Janece Shaffer was invited to collaborate with Georgia Tech’s Department of Biomedical Engineering to create a signature storytelling curriculum, now required for all students. Janece has also designed and currently leads an innovative, yearlong story-based leadership program, KEEN on Stories, for nearly 100 engineering educators. As a playwright, she has penned more than a dozen works and through her company, she teaches storytelling strategies to clients like Delta Air Lines, Georgia Pacific, Georgia Power, and Emory University.
Dr. Rebecca Simmons
Rebecca Simmons is an Associate Professor of the Practice in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Duke University. She arrived as a freshman to Duke in 1996 and has never left; she completed both her B.S.E and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and Material Sciences. She teaches a variety of design courses and is passionate about helping her students build creative confidence, think outside of the box, and design their life with personal metrics of success. She created and co-hosts an engineering undergraduate podcast called This Engineering Life: The Undergraduate Series. Her husband is also a mechanical engineer, and both of her daughters are expressing interests in mechanical engineering and computer science. Dinner conversations in the Simmons’s house are unsurprisingly nerdy.
Charlotte Solak
My name is Charlotte Solak. I am a fourth-year engineering student at James Madison University. I have spent most of my life in rural West Virginia. Living in West Virginia has allowed me to embrace my sense of adventure. I enjoy spending time taking drives and exploring new places. My upbringing has shaped me to be kind, curious, and driven. During my years in college, I have used the time to embark on new adventures even if they end in what someone might consider failure. I took on a Chemical Engineering internship my freshman year. While I learned a lot from this challenge, the most important thing that I learned was that I wanted to explore different career options. During the global pandemic I was lucky enough to find a position as an outdoor adventure guide with an outfitter company. While embracing my love of the outdoors I have been able to network with brilliant minds while finding a true understanding of the Human Centered design process. Each guest that goes on a trip with me has different wants, needs, and requires a different experience than previous guests. This requires me to design new teaching methods and courses for each guest. In the future I hope to keep learning while making a positive impact on those around me.
Amy Trowbridge
Amy Trowbridge is a Senior Lecturer in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University (ASU) and is the Director of the Grand Challenges Scholars Program (GCSP) at ASU. Amy works to encourage and support students in expanding their mindsets and achieving their goals through curricular and co-curricular experiences, and creation of digital portfolios to reflect on their experiences. She teaches primarily first year students, including an interdisciplinary grand challenges focused course and introduction to engineering course in both in-person and MOOC formats. Amy has worked to provide opportunities to students beyond ASU as well, through her work as a member of the current GCSP Network interim Executive Committee, and her involvement in the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN). Amy loves working with students, and supporting them as they grow, achieve their goals, and get ready to change the world.
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NEWS
Cristi Bell-Huff Wins National KEEN Rising Star Award
 
Posted May 14, 2020 
Receives the top award of a $25,000 grant from the Kern Family Foundation 

Cristi Bell-Huff, faculty member of the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University, was named the top winner of the second annual National KEEN Rising Star Award. 
 
The KEEN Rising Star Award recognizes individuals who have gone above and beyond to equip undergraduate engineers to create personal, economic, and societal value through the entrepreneurial mindset. ...

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Research Initiation:Exploring the Role of Story-Driven Learning to Foster Empathy in the Professional Formation of Engineers
Engineers solve challenging problems to help other people and better society. In order to design effective solutions engineers must employ empathy not only in their design process but also in their collaborative approach to problems. Fostering empathy in engineering students is critical for the continuing tradition of technical excellence and service to society that has characterized the professional formation of engineers in the past. Although difficult to quantify financially, empathy is an economic necessity that goes beyond responsible product design or innovation. ...
Resources
Difficult Conversations

We attempt or avoid difficult conversations every day-whether dealing with an underperforming employee, disagreeing with a spouse, or negotiating with a client. From the Harvard Negotiation Project, the organization that brought you Getting to Yes, Difficult Conversations provides a step-by-step approach to having those tough conversations with less stress and more success. you'll learn how to: 
 
· Decipher the underlying structure of every difficult conversation  
· Start a conversation without defensiveness  
· Listen for the meaning of what is not said  
· Stay balanced in the face of attacks and accusations 
· Move from emotion to productive problem solving

The Narrative Gym

The Narrative Gym by Dr. Randy Olson presents a new model for messaging and communication. It's a short, practical guide to the ABT Framework (And, But, Therefore) which needs to be on the desk of everyone crafting a message, essay, strategy, novel, campaign, proposal, presentation, screenplay, argument, joke, ballad, report … pretty much all communication. 
 
There is no other book on the ABT Framework. There is no other analytical model for narrative structure like the ABT Framework. This is a new and unique resource. The ABT seems like something from elementary school and at its core is as old as the ancient Greeks, but the formulation only began less than a decade ago.

Stories that Stick

A clear framework of ideals and a concise set of actions for you to take complete control of your own story, utilizing the principles behind the world’s most effective business storytelling strategies. 
 
You keep hearing how story is the latest-and-greatest business tool, and that storytelling can do everything—from helping leaders better communicate to motivating sales teams and winning customers away from competitors. 
 
But what stories do you need to tell? And how do you tell them?

better small talk

Networking events suck, but they can suck less. What to say and when to say to be likable, connect, and make a memorable impression. 
Actionable and applicable verbal maneuvers for just about every phase of conversation. From hello to goodbye, with strangers or old friends, you'll learn how to simply go deeper. 
 
NO MORE: interview mode, awkward silence, or struggling to hold people's attention. 
Better Small Talk is a unique read. Imagine the following situation: you've just put on your name tag, and you're approached by a stranger. What do you say? Nice weather today.

Leaving LegaCy

What will you leave behind that is lasting, meaningful, enduring? Fulfillment at work is more nuanced then simply the pride of achieving target after target, milestone after milestone, year after year. Legacy leadership isn’t standing out for being different, but making a difference…in someone’s life, in the fabric of your company’s business, in your community and causes that make you swell with emotion. Legacy isn’t reserved for senior leaders, but it is available for all of us. Who is better because of you? Not what…who? People will get dozens of good-enough bosses and co-workers, but legacy leaders shape us differently. What if your professional life had purpose? Not just for you but for many. What if your life at work mattered – not because of a place in an org chart, but really mattered to the people you work with? What if you created the conditions, the resolute mindset, the imperishable values for people, for teams to flourish long after you are gone? Your legacy isn’t just on when you want it to be. Legacy is always imprinting, always projecting, always molding, always shaping lives around us.
Think Again

Intelligence is usually seen as the ability to think and learn, but in a rapidly changing world, there's another set of cognitive skills that might matter more: the ability to rethink and unlearn. In our daily lives, too many of us favor the comfort of conviction over the discomfort of doubt. We listen to opinions that make us feel good, instead of ideas that make us think hard. We see disagreement as a threat to our egos, rather than an opportunity to learn. We surround ourselves with people who agree with our conclusions, when we should be gravitating toward those who challenge our thought process. The result is that our beliefs get brittle long before our bones. We think too much like preachers defending our sacred beliefs, prosecutors proving the other side wrong, and politicians campaigning for approval--and too little like scientists searching for truth. Intelligence is no cure, and it can even be a curse: being good at thinking can make us worse at rethinking. The brighter we are, the blinder to our own limitations we can become.
Spilling Ink

LEARN HOW TO WRITE LIKE THE EXPERTS, FROM THE EXPERTS. 
 
In Spilling Ink: A Young Writer's Handbook, you'll find practical advice in a perfect package for young aspiring writers. 
 
After receiving letters from fans asking for writing advice,accomplished authors Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter joined together to create this guidebook for young writers. The authors mix inspirational anecdotes with practical guidance on how to find a voice, develop characters and plot, 
make revisions, and overcome writer's block. Fun writing prompts will help young writers jump-start their own projects, and encouragement throughout will keep them at work.

The Elevated COmmunicator

Discover your communication style and elevate consciousness at work to build trust, strengthen collaboration, relieve stress, and improve wellbeing. 
 
Our work lives revolve around effective communication. It is essential for cultivating trust and team collaboration, as well as strengthening our motivation and wellbeing at work. And with teams experiencing more anxiety, stress, and burnout than ever before, strong communication skills have never been more essential. 
 
The key to this clear and effective communication begins with understanding our own personal communication styles. Bringing our whole and authentic selves to work improves relationships and teamwork. The better we understand what drives us, how we impact others, and how our wellbeing impacts our communication, the faster we can close communication gaps to build healthy, successful, and satisfying work lives and more intentional careers.

The Art of Gathering

In The Art of Gathering, Priya Parker argues that the gatherings in our lives are lackluster and unproductive—which they don't have to be. We rely too much on routine and the conventions of gatherings when we should focus on distinctiveness and the people involved. At a time when coming together is more important than ever, Parker sets forth a human-centered approach to gathering that will help everyone create meaningful, memorable experiences, large and small, for work and for play. 
 
Drawing on her expertise as a facilitator of high-powered gatherings around the world, Parker takes us inside events of all kinds to show what works, what doesn't, and why. She investigates a wide array of gatherings—conferences, meetings, a courtroom, a flash-mob party, an Arab-Israeli summer camp—and explains how simple, specific changes can invigorate any group experience.

Pitch Perfect

During the pivotal moments of our lives, results are often determined not only by our actions but also by our words. Saying the right thing the right way can make the difference between sealing the deal or losing the account, advancing your career or suffering a demotion. 
 
In these moments, it’s important to be pitch perfect—to use precisely the right tone to convey the right message to the right person at the right time. In Pitch Perfect, the renowned media coach Bill McGowan shows you how to craft just the right message. Along the way, McGowan lays out his Seven Principles of Persuasion, which are as easy to learn, implement, and master as they are effective. The right language—both verbal and nonverbal—can make you more confident, persuasive, and certain. It can stir people to listen closely to your every word and to remember you long after you’ve left the room.

The Power of Moments

The New York Times bestselling authors of Switch and Made to Stick explore why certain brief experiences can jolt us and elevate us and change us—and how we can learn to create such extraordinary moments in our life and work. While human lives are endlessly variable, our most memorable positive moments are dominated by four elements: elevation, insight, pride, and connection.
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Dr. Cristi Bell-Huff

cristi.bell-huff@bme.gatech.edu

Lecturer, Director of Faculty and Student Training 
Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering 
Georgia Tech and Emory University

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