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MU Engineering Leadership, Engagement and Career Development Academy

The Engineering Leadership, Engagement and Career Development Academy (Academy) was created in response to the College of Engineering’s strategic plan, which includes “Educating Engineering Leaders” as a major emphasis area. In addition, the College’s employer partners, when considering applicants for a position with their organization, often look specifically for students who have intentionally and purposefully dedicated time to developing their leadership skills.

The Academy provides a mechanism through which students may track their involvement outside the classroom and accrue points toward earning the Dean’s Certificate in Leadership and Engagement. This certification indicates to potential employers that MU graduates value leadership development and have participated in educational sessions and experiential learning to help develop their interpersonal, teambuilding, decision making, communication, emotional intelligence, networking, professional etiquette and ethical behavior skills.

 What does the Academy offer?

The Academy offers you a variety of opportunities for students to expand their perspectives, grow leadership skills and enhance their competitiveness for employment. Students will have many opportunities to interact with other students and engineering professionals.  The Academy is also the source for enhanced career services, such as job search assistance, resume reviews, mock interviews and professional development.

Who can participate?

Any pre-engineering, undergraduate and graduate student in good standing in the College of Engineering is welcome to enroll.  There is no charge to participate. Enroll now.

How does the certificate program work?

While students are enrolled in the College of Engineering, they can participate in a variety of activities to enhance their leadership skills. Through that participation they can accrue points toward the Dean’s Certificate in Leadership and Engagement. Students may earn points for leadership and participation in student organizations, attending Learning to Lead (L2L) or Learning to Innovate (L2I) 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 participating in the Academy One-Read book program. We are open to other ideas from students, faculty and staff.

What topics will the Learning 2 Lead or Learning 2 Innovate sessions cover?

According to students enrolled in the Academy, the list of topics should 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, Starting a Business, Taking a Product to Market, and Entrepreneurship.

Other sessions in a variety of formats 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. Additional suggestions are welcome.

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

Why should students participate in the Academy?

Leadership is needed at every level of any organization, and students will be asked to take on the leadership of a special project, a new unit or a team wherever they work. Showing potential employers that students have worked to refine leadership skills and prepared comprehensively for a job search will help them 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 provide a way to demonstrate that MU graduates are ready to take initiative, drive improvement and take the lead in their professional position. The Academy offers a convenient and marketable way to do that. Enroll now.

How do I find out about Academy events?

Check out our online calendar (URL), watch the Tuesday MU ENGR INFO newsletter, look for flyers outside the Academy, watch the big screen televisions throughout the college for announcements, stop by the Academy to pick up a calendar or just drop in.

Thanks to our Academy investors!

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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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