Students enrolled in the Engineering Leadership Class (EGR 599) spent three days during UK’s spring break in our nation’s capital. The group of 15, consisting of students from all majors from within the college, met with Congressman Ben Chandler as well as senior staff members of Kentucky’s Congressional delegation. In addition, the students received briefings from high-ranking officials at federal agencies including the Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. A highlight of the trip was a meeting with UK civil engineering alumnus Major General Timothy Byers (BSCE ’81), the U.S. Air Force Civil Engineer, who then treated the students to a tour of the Pentagon. While in Washington, the group visited such landmarks as the U.S. Capitol, U.S. Supreme Court, and the Library of Congress as well as the U.S. Senate gallery during crucial budget deliberations.
The Engineering Leadership Fellows are chosen by interview from interested seniors on the basis of outstanding scholarship, participation in University and College organizations, and involvement in the community and non-profit organizations.
This is the fourth year of program which is funded by a generous grant from Mr. & Mrs. Stanley Pigman (MngE 1981) of High Point, NC.
Dean Thomas Lester serves as the course instructor.