Emerging Leaders in Engineering: Cohort 5 (Spring 2023)

Do you have what it takes to win a Shark Tank style engineering competition?

Join us for a weeklong engineering intensive, where you will compete to build, refine, and pitch a device you’ll design from the ground up to measure temperature and humidity in the air. Learn to read schematics, build circuits, and load code, plus experiment with woodworking and 3D printing!

Emerging Leaders in Engineering runs June 26 – June 30, 2023, in Colorado Springs.  Students only have to complete 15 hours of programming to receive a stipend and completion certificate. Pick and choose sessions that work for your schedule.

*Optional career virtual sessions are available on Saturdays on the following dates: April 15, April 29, May 13, June 3, and June 10.
Virtual sessions include keynote speakers in the industry and can count towards a completion certificate.

This Program is Open To:

  • College students: Student currently enrolled in a two-year or four-year college
  • High School students: Must have completed 9th grade by June 2023
  • Individuals who identify as female, cisgender, transgender, and non-binary
  • Priority will be given to those from groups underrepresented in STEM careers, including Black, Latina, and Native American women, as well as military connected students.

What will you do in the Emerging Leaders Program?

  • Meet strong women who are kicking butt and taking names in STEM fields
  • Learn lab skills + techniques that will set you apart when applying to college and that first job
  • Practice “soft skills” like making connections and public speaking, which are in super high demand in science jobs
  • Learn about STEM careers, internships, and scholarships
  • Build friendships with college and high school women who have similar interests
  • Get a completion certificate to add to your college application or résumé

Cohort Five, Emerging Leaders in Engineering, program pairs high school and college women as near-peer mentors and connects them with diverse professionals from STEM careers in Colorado and across the country, with a focus on engineering.This fast-paced, hybrid program introduces high school and college women to engineering jobs, in an all-female cohort environment. Students will get hands-on laboratory experiences and meet female luminaries from all across the spectrum of STEM careers. Mentors lead high school participants through career and hands-on investigation activities while developing relationships to help support each other as they pursue their STEM goals.

What will you get out of this program? Hear from our Cohort One participants on what they thought!

What to Expect as a Participant

The program consists of multiple opportunities. Participants must complete a minimum of 15 hours to earn a completion certificate.

In-person Engineering Boot Camp: June 2023 (15 hours)

In this weeklong engineering intensive, students will compete in a “Shark Tank” style contest where they build, refine, and pitch a device they have designed from the ground up to measure temperature and humidity in the air. During the five-day workshop, participants will learn to read schematics, build circuits, and load code while navigating budget, size, time, and materials requirements. In addition to using woodworking and 3D printing to create the device housing, participants will also explore Arduino and Tinkercad to design, build, and ultimately “sell” their product idea to a panel of judges.

Located on the Keysight Technologies campus, students will also be able to tour the Keysight Technologies facility and learn about engineering jobs located in their own community.

In-person sessions will be held Monday, June 26 – Friday, June 30, 2023, from 9:00AM- 12:00PM MT.

Location: Keysight Technologies Campus, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Bi-weekly optional career virtual workshops (April 15 – June 10, 2023) (7.5 hours)

Career virtual sessions will highlight keynote speakers from industry, research, and the Department of Defense and workshops to develop career readiness skills. Virtual sessions for all participants will be held Saturdays, 9:00AM- 10:30AM MT, via Zoom. These workshops are optional but can count toward certificate hours.

All participants are expected to:

  • Actively participate in at least 15 hours to receive a certificate of completion
  • Have their cameras on during virtual workshops
  • Be on time for both virtual and in person sessions
  • Complete homework assignments in a timely manner

College student (mentor) additional info:

  • Mentors are required to attend virtual orientation.
  • Mentors will receive a stipend of $500
    • Stipends will be split and received in the middle and at the end of the program
    • Mentors must meet 15 hours to receive a complete stipend
    • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to receive a stipend
    • Service hours available upon request

 High school participant info:

  • To receive a certificate of completion participants must actively participate for at least 15 hours.
  • Students must commit to having their camera on for all virtual small group sessions
  • High school participants will receive a $200 travel stipend at the end of the program

Please feel free to contact program manager Dr. Benedetta Naglieri with any questions.