For three weeks in July, 30 high-achieving high school sophomores and juniors from across the country visited Villanova University to take part in the LEAD (Leadership Education And Development) 2013 Summer Engineering Institute (SEI). The mission of the national LEAD program is to “engage youth of diverse backgrounds to convert high potential into high achievement and responsible leadership.” Offering opportunities in business, engineering and computer science, students gain the skills, experience and encouragement they need to fulfill their educational and professional aspirations. This was Villanova’s fourth year as a LEAD SEI university.
During their time on campus, students enjoy a true college experience, from classroom seminars and hands-on laboratory projects, to industry visits and off-campus cultural and outdoor events. They discover the impact that engineering can have on society, while also gaining an edge in college preparation. In addition to learning the basics of chemical, electrical and computer, civil and environmental, mechanical and sustainable engineering, students are introduced to the concept of service learning and encouraged to nurture their creative side with lessons on engineering entrepreneurship.