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K-State Today

September 26, 2017



Engineering leadership program embarks on second year

By Mary Rankin

2017-18 College of Engineering ELI Scholars Front row, from left: Cole Dister, Casey Bertelsman, Bailey Waters, Haley Canfield, Holly Webb, Jodie Ladner, Taylor Jones, Rachel Lasseter, Lindsey Hageman, Shreya Kumar, Mary Pat Siebert and Cassidy Harper Mid

Participants in the Engineering Leadership and Innovation, or ELI, program in the Kansas State University College of Engineering met for kickoff events in Engineering Hall — 21 returning scholars on Aug. 22 and 21 first-year scholars on Aug. 24.

Each participant receives a $3,000 scholarship, takes leadership and business courses, learns from an industry mentor, meets with industry leaders and practices hands-on leadership within a creative inquiry team.
The program draws on resources of the Staley School of Leadership Studies program, College of Business Administration, success of student-led College of Engineering creative inquiry teams in national competitions and a strong connection with corporate partners.

Seven new corporate sponsors have joined the program since 2016 for a total of 17 partners: BHC Rhodes, Black & Veatch, BNSF Railway, Boeing, Chevron Phillips, ConocoPhillips, Dolese, ExxonMobil, Garmin, Hallmark, Koch Industries, MMC Corp., Netsmart, Phillips 66, Spirit AeroSystems, Textron Aviation and Westar Energy.

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