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We will be taking a small break on our social media. However, in November, we will be trying something new on our platforms to integrate our members into this narrative. Additionally, we are hoping to create resources for those outside of JLLA. Keep an eye out! ...

The next Book Club meeting is on Sept. 29th at 2pm. We will be discussing the article titled "Dismantling systemic racism in science" and the 13th documentary from Netflix.

Please email us at engr-jlla@uconn.edu if you would like to join or get involved.
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Check out this event happening tomorrow!

Repost from @uconnleads: "Veronica Jacobs will be leading a session on inclusive language in leadership. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to explore how to incorporate inclusive language and actions into their various leadership roles."
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Theme of the week: Meyers-Briggs - Sentinels

"Sentinels are cooperative, practical, and grounded. They feel comfortable with who they are, and they take pride in their good character and their competence."

Learn more at: http://ow.ly/IG3G50ByzOS
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This week's quote is from Dr. Alexa Canady. ...

Dr. Alexa Canady was the first Black woman in the US to become a neurosurgeon. She was the chief of neurosurgery at the Children's Hospital of Michigan from 1987 until her retirement in June 2001.

Learn more about her here!: http://ow.ly/awBJ50Bw23p
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We want to feature a diverse group of STEM professionals at any career level on our social platforms! If you would like to be featured or want to nominate someone, please fill out this form, which can also be found in our bio.

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As we get further into the semester, remember to take care of yourself! Go outside, drink plenty of water, and take breaks from school work. ...

With other PhD students, Arshiah Mirza, a JLLA alumna, creates YouTube videos that introduce high school students to various STEM and non-STEM careers.

Check out these videos here: http://ow.ly/aMyT50Be8zm
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Theme of the week: Meyers-Briggs - Analysts

"The personality types in the Analyst Role – Architects (INTJ), Logicians (INTP), Commanders (ENTJ), and Debaters (ENTP) – are known for their love of rationality."

Learn more at: https://www.16personalities.com/articles/roles-analysts
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This week's quote is by Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green. ...

Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green is a physics professor at Tuskegee University. She is the 76th Black woman to receive a PhD in physics. She recently received a $1 million grant to study how lasers can be used to treat cancer.

Learn more about her here: http://ow.ly/g0Tr50Be0VF
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JLLA members plus others within and outside the School of Engineering are working together to create anti-racist initiatives. We are currently in the process of implementing these initiatives at the school and university levels.

Email engr-jlla@uconn.edu to join the team.
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The JLLA book club is covering Mindful of Race by Ruth King with discussions run by JLLA alum Julia Czarnecki. Last week, we talked about Part 2: Mindfulness - Heart Surgery.

The book club is not exclusive to JLLA members or engineering grad students. Please email us at engr-jlla@uconn.edu if you would like to join or get involved.
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We would like to thank all of our applicants for their time and interest. We are currently in the process of reviewing applications, and are looking forward to the new cohort! ...

Theme of the week: Materials Science and Engineering

Materials scientists/engineers evaluate materials and develop machinery and processes to manufacture materials for use in products that must meet specialized design and performance specifications.
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This week's quote is from Dr. Ainissa Ramirez. ...

Dr. Ainissa Ramirez is a materials scientist, author, and science communicator. Previously a professor at Yale, now she communicates STEM topics through TED talks, podcasts, and writing.

Learn more about her here: http://ow.ly/sshm50BdTel
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On September 8th and 9th, academics will be participating in the #ScholarStrike, a strike to stand against racial injustice.

Read this article to learn more about this movement: http://ow.ly/usBw50Be7MJ
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Today is the last day to apply to the John Lof Leadership Academy! If you want to develop your leadership skills and be a part of an amazing network of other engineering grad students, please consider applying.

Link to the application can be found in our bio.
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The University of Connecticut started classes this Monday. Despite the unique start to the semester, we hope everyone's first week of the fall semester is going smoothly and safely. ...

Theme of the week: Aerospace Engineering

Aerospace engineers develop leading-edge technologies and integrate them into aerospace vehicle systems used for transportation, communications, exploration, and defense applications.
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This week’s quote is by Mary G. Ross. ...

Mary G. Ross was the first Native American woman engineer. She was originally a mathematician, but then she was hired as an aeronautical engineer for Lookheed Airforce. She helped create plans for missions to visit various planets, even those outside our solar system.

To learn more about her, please go here: https://alltogether.swe.org/2018/08/remembering-mary-g-ross-first-american-indian-woman-engineer/
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JLLA is still accepting applications and we want you to apply! Please go to JLLA.engr.uconn.edu for more info on the application process. Applications are due September 4th. ...

We are where we are today due to the amazing support we receive from volunteers who share their time with us to help us learn and grow to be better leaders. Thank you past speakers and volunteers for helping us these past two years and thank you to those who helped this summer. ...

About Us

The UConn School of Engineering is proud to announce the establishment of the John Lof Leadership Academy for Graduate Engineering Students. Backed by the generous endowment from John Lof, a former UConn Electrical and Computer Science professor of 35 years, this exclusive Academy will aim to continue the legacy of Dr. Lof, who wished to reward and cultivate a select group of future leaders and engineering trailblazers.  The proceeds of the endowment will be used toward the direct support of the student members (in the form of grants and fellowships) as well as the corresponding Academy programs. Applicants are accepted annually for two-year tenures in the academy.

 

Mission Statement

Without culturally competent visionaries that are able to communicate, collaborate, and create, there would be no progress in society. The John Lof Leadership Academy strives to inform and inspire these next-generation leaders in academia, industry, and beyond.

Through a “for us, by us” philosophy, John Lof Scholars aim to develop themselves through focused training, specialized workshops, and active learning through outreach and enterprise on and off the UConn campus.

How JLLA Works

The John Lof Leadership Academy will be led by an elected student council, and aims to:

  1. Develop leadership and professional skills
  2. Organize and facilitate social, academic, and professional activities that help Academy members develop these skills
  3. Promote and support the academic and future professional success of graduate students in SoE; and
  4. Engage communities inside and outside the School to promote, and provide mentoring and support where appropriate

Members, who are called John Lof Scholars, serve in the Academy for a period of two years. Throaugh membership in the Academy, members will receive a myriad of benefits, including:

  1. Developing the individual leader
  2. Building communication and leadership skills
  3. A professional certificate of leadership upon successful completion of 2 years in the academy
  4. Access to funding for conference travel
  5. The opportunity to make new friends, have fun, and be a force for change!

Time Commitment:

Lof Scholars should commit to approximately 4 hours per month. These hours will take the form of biweekly meetings (two meetings per month) that are two hours each.

Members

Curriculum and Events

Application Process

New members are inducted each May and must complete an application. Application are reviewed by a committee and John Lof Leadership Academy advisors. Please click HERE for more information regarding the application process.