By: Eli Freund, Editorial Communications Manager, UConn School of Engineering
On May 22, at the UConn Alumni Center, the UConn School of Engineering will officially launch the John Lof Leadership Academy and announce its first cohort of John Lof Fellows.
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 John Lof Leadership Academy will be led by an elected student council, and aims to:
-Develop leadership and professional skills
-Organize and facilitate social, academic, and professional activities that help Academy members develop these skills
-Promote and support the academic and future professional success of graduate students in SoE; and
-Engage communities inside and outside the School to promote, and provide mentoring and support where appropriate
Members, who are called John Lof Fellows, serve in the Academy for a period of two years. Through membership in the Academy, members will receive a myriad of benefits, including:
-The ability to learn and develop skills attractive to employers
-One-on-one mentoring with members of industry and alumni
-Individualized career fairs
-Resume building advice, including the ability to list the dean of the School of Engineering as a reference
-Access to apply for grants and fellowships specific to John Lof Leadership Academy members.
-Exclusive social hours for academy members and faculty
-A professional certificate of leadership upon successful completion of 6 workshops and qualified activities. To maintain active member status attending 3 qualified workshops or events per semester is required; and
-The opportunity to make new friends, have fun, and be a force for change!
The ceremony will begin promptly at 3:30 and will last till 5 p.m. All graduate students who are interested in attending should RSVP by following this link: https://grad.engr.uconn.edu/john-lof-leadership-academy-ceremony-rsvp/