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Designing Leaders Program

2018 Program Description

As a student who is about to start a career as an engineer or technologist, you need to find a way to stand out to potential employers. A recent survey of US companies showed that leadership is considered a key characteristic that they are looking for with future hires. The Designing Leaders Program is a volunteer-educational experience developed by the UL College of Engineering to provide its students an opportunity to develop stronger leadership skills. Every week you will meet with speakers who are carefully selected for their prestigious positions and involvement in the community and industry to provide the participants critical leadership knowledge. Past speakers have included presidents, CEO’s, large and small businesses owners, politicians, published authors, state officials, inventors, and more.

Requirements for Participation

All participants must be in good standing with the University:

Maintain a 2.75 cumulative (adjusted) GPA with at least 60 hours of undergraduate coursework and not be on any academic probation, disciplinary probation or deferred suspension with the University.

All participants must be a current UL Engineering or Industrial Technology student:

Must be a current student majoring in Chemical, Civil, Electrical & Computer, Mechanical, or Petroleum Engineering, or Industrial Technology. Both undergraduate or graduate students may apply.

All participants must adhere to the attendance policy:

Commit to attending TEN Tuesday night sessions that includes, eight guest speaker sessions, a possible make-up session and a final banquet for a total of ten MANDATORY Tuesday nights. Attendance for each session, including the banquet, is mandatory. Each session is held from 6 pm - 9 pm on a Tuesday night during the Spring Semester.

Because attendance at each session is mandatory, and no more than one session may be missed, an absence should be reserved for an emergency or illness only. A second absence will result in removal from the program; there are no exceptions to this rule. If one of the sessions is canceled by the College because of unforeseen circumstances, a mandatory make-up session will be held to take its place.

2018 Meeting Dates:

All Sessions are held in Madison 101 on Tuesdays from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

January 23 and 30
February 6, 20 and 27
March 20 and 27
April 10

Possible Make-Up Session(s): 4/24/2018

Banquet Date: Tuesday, 4/17/2018

Program Content

Participants will take part in discussions, panels, and presentations with experts regarding a wide variety of skills commonly associated with successful leaders.

2018 Selection Process

  • All applications are due on Wednesday, 1/17/2018 at the close of business at 5 PM (all applications are time stamped)
  • Notification of selection or denial will be sent by email no later than 1/20/2018
  • Send all questions to lashaun@louisiana.edu

Applications will be processed in this order:

  1. Date submitted
  2. Cumulative (adjusted) GPA
  3. Number of spots available
  4. Number of hours completed
  5. Anticipated date of graduation
  6. Classification (Priority given to PhD students and seniors who meet the requirements)
  7. Leadership Qualities demonstrated through application question answers
  8. Student Origination participation

2018 Designing Leaders Application

**Every Systems Engineering PhD student is required to successfully complete the program before graduation. This does not mean automatic admittance to the program. All Systems PhD students must apply, meet the requirements, be selected to participate, and successfully complete the program. Failure to complete the program before graduation will result in a delayed graduation date.**

Student Recognition

All participants who successfully complete the Designing Leaders Program will receive a special plaque at the closing banquet. Graduating Seniors will be given a special stole to be worn at graduation to commemorate participation.

**Interested undergraduate students should apply at the end of the Fall semester of their junior or senior year**

Special Note to all System PhD Students

**Every Systems Engineering PhD student is required to successfully complete the program before graduation. This does not mean automatic admittance to the program. All Systems PhD students must apply, meet the requirements, be selected to participate, and successfully complete the program. Failure to complete the program before graduation will result in a delayed graduation date.**