John Lof Leadership Academy

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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.


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.


  • John Lof Leadership Academy Visits Illing Middle School
    Run by graduate students from various departments within the University of Connecticut School of Engineering, the John Lof Leadership Academy aims to train its members to become leaders in their fields. The Academy provides training and workshops focused on leadership through the lens of the individual member’s career and personal goals.  Through that training, Academy […]
  • John Lof Leadership Academy Inducts Second Cohort
    The John Lof Leadership Academy (JLLA) inducted its most recent class on November 7th, 2019 during a formal ceremony held at the Innovation Partnership Building (IPB) lobby. The new class includes 15 graduate students from Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. The […]
  • John Lof Leadership Academy Leads Conflict Resolution Workshop
    John Lof Leadership Academy (JLLA) members have developed a cycling curriculum for their 2-year leadership training. Within this curriculum, each semester has a target leadership goal or theme and a set of three skills in which the members focus on.  Throughout the semester, the members plan and coordinate active learning and training workshops. The workshops […]
  • The John Lof Leadership Academy’s Feedback Event
    John Lof Leadership Academy members participate in a feedback workshop Photo by Allison O’Donnell   University of Connecticut graduate engineering students accepted into the John Lof Leadership Academy have the opportunity to promote the development of leadership and professional skills.    In order to foster these skills, JLLA has created a focused curriculum entitled “Applying […]

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