Welcome to Tom Ulrich Consulting

After practicing as an engineer and engineering manager for over 30 years, I returned to school to earn a Ph.D. in organizational leadership; my goal was simply to make sense of my career and experiences as an engineering manager. However, I realized that engineering school may not be the best place to learn about people. As such, I enrolled at Regent University, which has a well-respected leadership program that is a blend of psychology, sociology, and business. Along the way I published several papers on topics such as motivation to lead, followership, organizational culture, organizational wisdom, and leader emotion. In the end, my dissertation examined how leader emotion impacts software testers and the error management culture in which they work.

Throughout my Ph.D. journey, I was amazed by the breadth of relevant research which I had never heard of. My goal now is to disseminate that information into the engineering community. As such, these videos are neither polished nor finely edited; however, each is based on carefully conducted research from the academic community. My hope is to help engineers as they make the transition to engineering management.

I am available to consult with you and your organization by either meeting one-on-one or speaking to a group.

Tom Ulrich, PhD, MSME, BSME

The Engineering Leadership Guy

Recently I was interviewed on WorkSleeve which is a podcast focused upon engineers in the workplace. Check it out below.

WorkSleeve podcast.


I’m convinced that reading reliable books is one of the best ways to improve your leadership skills. As such, I’ve created the following list of my videos with links to amazon for each book I referenced in the video.