John Lof Leadership Academy Inducts First Cohort of Members

 

By: Eli Freund, Editorial Communications Manager, UConn School of Engineering 

In a ceremony held on Tuesday, May 22, 29 graduate students were inducted in front of faculty, staff, and UConn Engineering leadership, into the John Lof Leadership Academy, a new exclusive society for UConn Engineering graduate students.

Backed by the generous endowment from John Lof, a former UConn electrical and computer engineering professor of 35 years, this exclusive Academy will aim to continue the legacy of Dr. Lof, who wished to reward and cultivate a select group of future leaders and engineering trailblazers.  The proceeds of the endowment will be used towards the direct support of the student members (in the form of grants and fellowships), as well as the corresponding Academy programs. 

The Academy will continue to accept applications throughout the summer and those newly accepted members will be inducted in the fall 2019 ceremony. Through membership in the Academy members will receive a myriad of benefits, including:

-Exclusive mentorship from the Dean of Engineering, including a special reference from the Dean during the job search process

-One-on-one mentoring with members of industry and alumni

-Individualized career fairs

-Resume building advice,

-Access to grants and fellowships specific to John Lof Leadership Academy members.

-A professional certificate of leadership upon successful completion of 6 workshops and qualified activities.

The first cohort of John Lof Leadership Academy are as follows:

Adam LaChance

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Bilal Khan

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Brandon Williams

Material Science and Engineering

Christina Feng Chang

Environmental Engineering

Christopher Hawxhurst

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Donald McMenemy

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Donyeil Hoy, Jr.

Biomedical Engineering

Farnoosh Saeedinejad

Biomedical Engineering

Jessica M. Maita

Material Science and Engineering

Julia Czarnecki

Environmental Engineering

Kenneth Ogueri

Material Science and Engineering

Leila Daneshmandi

Biomedical Engineering

Manish Goyal

Computer Science and Engineering

Maryam Pardakhti

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Rishi Roy

Mechanical Engineering

Rob Smith

Civil Engineering

Roman Mays

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Sarah Peck

Computer Science and Engineering

Tara Walsh

Environmental Engineering

Vannesa Kello

Civil Engineering

Wei Kou

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Wenjie (Jack) Huang

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Yan Li

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Yuankai Huang

Environmental Engineering

   

The first executive board for the Academy was also announced, which are as follows:

Randi Mendes

President

Environmental Engineering

Stephany Santos

Vice President

Biomedical Engineering

Armin Tahmasbi Rad

Event Coordinator

Biomedical Engineering

Arshiah Yusuf Mirza

Secretary

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Justin Fang

Treasurer

Biomedical Engineering

 

For more information on the John Lof Leadership Academy, its benefits, and information on how to apply can be found by visiting: https://grad.engr.uconn.edu/john-lof-leadership-academy-for-graduate-engineering-students/.

Published: May 23, 2018