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MU Engineering Leadership, Engagement and Career Development Academy

The MU Engineering Leadership, Engagement and Career Development Academy offers students a variety of opportunities to expand their perspectives, grow their leadership skills, interact with industry on a more frequent basis and enhance their competitiveness for employment. We developed the Academy to complement the College’s strategic goal of Educating Engineering Leaders. Students will receive both enhanced career development services in addition to learning from engineering leaders and industry professionals who will present sessions on many personal and professional development topics. Any student in the MU College of Engineering is welcome to participate. The Academy will be open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors. We will make point accrual accommodations for the current academic year ONLY for sophomores, juniors and seniors entering the Academy in the 2017-2018 school year.


Enroll now!

There is no charge to enroll this academic year. A generous gift to the College will support the Academy during its first year. In future years, we may institute a modest charge for participation, but we hope to offer scholarships from industry partners who may serve as mentors and career advisors.


How does it work?

Students select from a variety of sessions and activities through which the may accrue points towards the College of Engineering Dean’s Certificate in Leadership and Engagement. This additional certification will enhance their career opportunities during the job search.

What qualifies for points?

The Academy offers many opportunities to accrue points. You may earn points for leadership and participation in student organizations, attending Learning to
Lead (L2L) sessions, attending industry information sessions, attending career fairs, participating in community service projects or experiential learning, assisting with College of Engineering events, participating in the mentor program or leading a discussion of a book from the Academy Leadership Library. We are open to other ideas about experiences that would be most valuable to you.
70% of employers “identified leadership, teamwork, written communication ability, problem solving and work ethic as key resume attributes. Teamwork and verbal communication skills are the skills employers consider for success.”Mackes 2017

 Learning 2 Lead Session Topics

The list of potential topics is a long one, but some highlights include Ethical Leadership, Public Affairs, Working with Teams, Behavioral Awareness, Risk Management, Non-Digital Communication, Building and Earning Trust, Leading Change, Emotional Intelligence, Leading Innovation, Personal Motivation and Intrapreneurship. Roundtable sessions with industry leaders might include Project Financing, Start-Up of

Companies and Projects, Intellectual Property, Translating Engineering Skills to Other Disciplines and Communicating Non-Technically in a Technical World. We welcome your suggestions for topics as well.

Enhanced Career Development Services

We have more resources available to you in a variety of formats so you may prepare for your job search in a way that is most comfortable for you. The Academy will continue the fall and spring Career Fairs, and will offer a variety of sessions to help you prepare. “Only 11% of business leaders felt strongly that students who graduated from college had the skills needed for success in the workplace,” according the Lumina Foundation.

 Benefits of Participation

Leadership is needed at many levels in any organization. You may be asked to take on the leadership of a special project, a new unit or a team. Showing potential employers that you have worked to refine leadership skills and prepared comprehensively for your job search will help you stand out as a candidate. We often hear that job candidates are technically qualified but sometimes lack the interpersonal, communication and teamwork skills that employers are seeking. We want to give you a way to demonstrate that you are ready to take initiative, drive improvement and take the lead in your professional position. The Academy offers a convenient and marketable way to do that.


Engineering Academy

W1025 Lafferre Hall

Columbia, MO 65211

(573) 884-1907

Steven Devlin

Assistant Dean for Industrial Relations and Economic Development

(573) 882-6555

Mary Paulsell

Director Engineering Leadership, Engagement and Career Development Academy

(573) 882-1353

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