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K-State Today Student Edition

August 31, 2018

Engineering leadership program embarks on third year

By Mary Rankin

2018 ELI students from the College of Engineering

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

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.

Three new corporate sponsors have joined the program since 2017 for a total of 19 partners: BHC Rhodes, Black & Veatch, BNSF Railway, Boeing, Chevron Phillips, Dolese, ExxonMobil, Garmin, Hallmark, John Deere, Kiewit, Koch Industries, McCownGordon, MMC Corp., Netsmart, Phillips 66, Spirit AeroSystems, Textron Aviation and Westar Energy.