Student Programs

One of the most valuable resources to our students is contact and interaction with our alumni. With experience and insight to offer, students soak up your guidance. Here is a brief introduction and explanation of the opportunities available for alumni to spend time with current undergraduates in the classroom and through other events.

GE 390 Senior Seminar - "Leadership and Life Skills"

GE 390 is a course designed to expose our seniors to real-world issues to better prepare them for entering the workforce. We would like to maximize the opportunities for exposing our seniors to the diverse career accomplishments of our alumni. Past topics have included:

  • Presentations on life experiences and professional opportunities
  • Engineering ethics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing yourself and your ideas
  • Dealing with attorneys
  • Persuasion and negotiation
  • Money management
  • What to look for in a job offer

GE 390 meets Thursdays at noon for 1 hour. If you are interested in being a guest speaker for GE 390 or need additional information, please contact Lynnell Lacy at lynnellatillinois [dot] edu

Engineer in Residence

The Engineer in Residence program was established with a gift from Thomas A. Prickett, 1997-1999 President of the General Engineering Alumni and Industry Advisory Board. Having spoken to our GE 390 students for several years, Tom understands how quickly one hour goes by! He wanted to give alumni and students more of a chance to interact and discuss issues on a personal level, especially questions that might be related to the presentation and their careers.

The Engineer in Residence program includes:

  • Spending approximately 24 hours on campus
  • Speaking to our GE 390 class on Thursday at noon
  • Staying "in residence" for an afternoon and/or morning for individual appointments with students
  • Enjoying an informal time with our students over a pizza in the early evening

If you are interested, please contact lynnellatillinois [dot] edu