My book Leading Engineers is now available on Amazon!

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 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, so I enrolled at the business school at Regent University (Virginia Beach, VA). Regent's business school has a well-respected leadership program that is a blend of psychology, sociology, and business. I finished my Ph.D. in 2018, and the journey was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I had no idea how little I understood about leading people in general and leading engineers in specific. I simply didn't know what I didn't know!

Along the way I conducted original research and 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.

And beyond the research I conducted, I was astounded by the enormous amount of prior research I found that applies directly to leading engineers. My goal now is to disseminate that information to the engineering community. Toward that end, I write, I teach, I speak at conferences, and I consult with organizations throughout Southern California. If you're struggling to lead engineers effectively, maybe I can help you.

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

By the way, there are pull-down menus above that provide links to my videos on YouTube. These are neither polished nor finely edited; the truth is, my goal in making those videos was to practice speaking on a variety of topics. I've since given each talk several times, and the practice seems to have paid off (at least judging from the positive feedback I usually receive after speaking).


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.