S&T students to gain LIFE experiences through new leadership program

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On December 11, 2023

The application window is currently open for students to apply for Missouri S&T’s new LIFE program. Photo by Michael Pierce/Missouri S&T.

The application window is currently open for students to apply for Missouri S&T’s new LIFE program. Photo by Michael Pierce/Missouri S&T.

Missouri S&T students majoring in engineering, computer science, and geology and geophysics may soon be able to gain valuable LIFE experiences that will help them be effective leaders in their fields. 
A new program called Leadership and Innovation for Futures in Engineering, or LIFE, will launch next fall, with the application window open from now until March 1. 
Dr. David Borrok, vice provost and dean of S&T’s College of Engineering and Computing, says Missouri S&T alumni often serve in leadership roles after graduation, and this program will help students be even more prepared for that aspect of their career. 
“Our curriculum already provides students with important leadership skills and experiences, but this program will help take them to the next level,” Borrok says. “A transformative engineering education goes beyond preparing students with strong technical skills, and this is clearly reflected in LIFE.” 
Borrok says the program will allow students to take part in specially designed workshops and projects with opportunities for networking and mentoring, and he anticipates several Missouri S&T alumni will be willing to share their wisdom with current S&T students. 
“Over 1,700 of our graduates have served as CEOs and presidents of companies while countless more have taken on other leadership roles,” he says. “Many of these graduates have reached out and said they see value in launching this program for our current students and that they would like to help.” 
Because this is a new program, Borrok says alumni can help by directly working with LIFE students in different capacities, or they could provide financial support, as this will help to fund the student activities and ensure the program continues to grow. Alumni interested in supporting the program can contact Borrok at borrokd@mst.edu.  
For more information about LIFE, visit cec.mst.edu/life

About Missouri S&T

Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) is a STEM-focused research university of over 7,000 students located in Rolla, Missouri. Part of the four-campus University of Missouri System, Missouri S&T offers over 100 degrees in 40 areas of study and is among the nation’s top public universities for salary impact, according to the Wall Street Journal. For more information about Missouri S&T, visit www.mst.edu.

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