Summary: The goal of the EE Leadership Honors Program is to provide engineering students with the skills to lead, innovate and
commercialize technology in a global economy. We believe that engineering leaders must be deep and broad and adaptable.
In today's market-based global economy, an engineering leader has to increasingly build upon technical expertise to drive
innovation. The growing numbers of engineers in countries with lower labor costs strongly suggests that the United States and
other developed nations must aim their graduates at positions that emphasize innovation and leadership. At the same time, the
problems that demand engineering solutions have changed, and engineering education must evolve in order to meet the new
Until recently, engineering was a very vertical vocation, with aeronautical engineers designing and building airplane wings, civil
engineers designing bridges, and electrical engineers laying out circuit topology and creating software-based systems. Today's
innovative university programs incorporate real-world project experience, industrial partners, cross-disciplinary activities, and
entrepreneurship to develop graduates prepared for a competitive global marketplace. The USF EE Leadership Honors
Program is such an innovative program.
The EE Leadership Honors Program, in partnership with industry, offers leadership courses, as well as forums by engineering
leaders from industry, government, military, and academia. The program focuses on ethics, end-to-end project planning and
execution to meet societal needs, team development and leadership, innovation, and the assessment of the potential impact of
new technologies. The leadership forums consist of a keynote presentation followed by an interactive panel discussion on
contemporary leadership topics relevant to engineering careers in industry and academia and provide a venue for engineering
leaders to share the lessons they have learned throughout their careers and for students to ask questions about the next steps in
their own careers. This kind of exposure gives students a reality check and a sense of the competitive landscape that they will
find themselves in upon graduation.