SEAS established the Distinguished Industry Partner Award in 2014 to recognize a company that is playing an important role in supporting the school’s growth and transformation. This year, we honor Leidos for its commitment to engineering education at SEAS.
Leidos is a Fortune 500 information technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets.
Leidos and SEAS first forged a relationship through the SEAS Industry Partner Program in 2014. Since then, Leidos has provided support for student and faculty research; alumni and student programming; and onsite recruitment activities.
Through the SEAS Industry Partnership Program, Leidos has been a lead sponsor of the SEAS Student Research and Development Showcase for the past three years. The Showcase gives more than 100 students annually the chance to present experimental or theoretical research, and to learn from the process and gain confidence in their research skills.
Leidos also has demonstrated its commitment to developing the next generation of engineering and technology leaders by supporting a number of mentoring and professional development opportunities for SEAS students. Two examples include the SEAS New Student Getaway and the Order of the Engineer Ceremony, which are a sort of bookends to the undergraduate experience. The New Student Getaway is a wonderful orientation for all incoming SEAS freshmen, and the Order of the Engineer Ceremony is a ceremony for graduating seniors.
As a partner to SEAS, Leidos has supported GW’s chapters of the Society of American Military Engineers, and the Association for Computing Machinery. It also has actively sought to diversify student recruitment of underrepresented groups in the technical workforce by providing support for our chapters of the National Society of Black Engineers and the Society of Women Engineers.
SEAS is truly grateful to Leidos for its partnership, and we look forward to continuing our shared mission of cultivating the next generation of engineers leaders.