Ron Seidel Engineering Leadership Institute

Apply Now! Application Deadline May 1

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Engineering today is a team-based, multidisciplinary endeavor that requires skills beyond technical abilities, but also the ability to work with diverse groups of people, communicate effectively and develop entrepreneurial skills. New Mexico State University’s College of Engineering will help students develop those essential “soft skills” with the launch of the Ron Seidel Engineering Leadership Institute.

Effective leadership requires a set of inter-related skills and characteristics. The purpose of the Ron Seidel Engineering Leadership Institute is to enhance students’ cognitive, interpersonal and intrapersonal skills through a series of self-paced, structured and accessible interdisciplinary workshops, dialogues and experiential opportunities. The program’s philosophy is based on the development of the skills essential for success and leadership depicted in the diagram below.

Program Participation Requirements

  • Participation in a two-year, self-paced professional training in leadership, communication, well-being and time management.
  • Participants will receive an $800 stipend in year 1 and a $1,000 stipend in year 2.
  • Demonstrate enhanced skill development through participation in community engagement or service.
  • Attend workshops and seminars by different career experts.
  • Attend group meetings with engineering and non-engineering students and faculty.
  • Completion of reading assignments.
  • Maintain a portfolio of leadership activities.

Applicant Eligibility Criteria

  • Entering junior year of engineering studies
  • GPA equal to or greater than 3.0
  • Completion of an essay answering the following questions:
    1. What does leadership mean to you?
    2. What leadership roles do you think engineers can fulfill?
      • PDF file, no more than one page, single spaced, 12 point Times New Roman, one-inch margins.


  • Applications will be assessed by a Leadership Institute Executive Committee comprising engineering leaders.
  • Finalists will participate in Skype interviews with committee members.
  • Finalists for the 2019-2020 cohort will be notified by May 15.

Seidel Engineering Leadership Institute Application

  • Accepted file types: pdf.