Program Background

Since its first graduate in 1890, the College of Engineering at the University of Kentucky has established a well-earned reputation for leadership through the professional success of its graduates. Many College of Engineering graduates have enjoyed success as leaders in private corporations, military service, elected positions, and community organizations.

Each year, through election to its Hall of Distinction, the College recognizes a small number of the more than 22,000 individuals who have received degrees at either the undergraduate or graduate level. Hall of Distinction member profiles can be found on the College’s website at

To help its current students succeed in leadership positions at the University and after their graduation, the College of Engineering has launched a new leadership program for upper division undergraduate students with engineering standing. The centerpiece of the new program is the course, Engineering Leadership (EGR 599) which is taught each spring semester. Dean Thomas Lester is the instructor of the class.

The cost of all class materials, evening dinners with invited speakers, and the trip to Washington, D.C. are covered through a generous gift by Mr. and Mrs. L. Stanley Pigman of High Point, N.C. Mr. Pigman is a 1981 graduate of mining engineering. There is still an engineering course fee.

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
—John Quincy Adams