The mission of the Madison A. and Lila Self Engineering Leadership Fellows Program (the “SELF Program”) is to develop passionate engineering and computer science graduates who are strongly goal-oriented and who bring the business skills and vision needed to guide the technology-based corporations of tomorrow. The SELF Program will recruit, select and financially support students at the University of Kansas and administer to them an ongoing four-year personal development program that leads to a continuing supply of exceptional graduates at the bachelor of science level. By active participation in the program, the students will expand and refine their leadership, managerial, business, interpersonal, entrepreneurial, communication and engineering skills through mentoring, coursework, seminars and leadership opportunities. Graduates from the SELF Program will possess the personal attributes needed to become effective leaders who are motivated to make a real difference during their careers.
The SELF Program is built on seven pillars which provide the foundational components of the curriculum. In addition to a variety of leadership theories and development experiences, Fellows will develop skills in Leadership, Engineering, Business Acumen, Entreprenuership, Management, Communication, and Interpersonal Skills. These pillars are built in to each of the curricular and project-based experiences in which Fellows take part.
What SELF Fellows Do
The SELF Program Fellows participate in a wide range of activities and have established themselves as leaders across campus. The students invite leaders of industry such as Brian McClendon, co-creator of Google Earth, and Sam Gilliland, former CEO of Sabre Holding Company, to put on seminars and lectures. The Fellows have coordinated and helped with numerous events throughout campus. They run the Engineering High School Design Competition, the School of Engineering's largest on-campus outreach event each Fall; the Sophomore Philanthropy project, a fundraiser and service opportunity spearheaded by the second-year cohort for a selected charity or group in the community; and attend the annual SELF on the Road experience to connect with industry and business leaders across the country. The Fellows have participated in over 100 student groups and helped bring innovative ideas to KU and the School and Engineering.