Nov. 10th, 2018 ● Virginia Tech


Leadership in Engineering Conference

LEC is hosted by Student Engineers' Council. Learn more.

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What is the LEC?

The Leadership in Engineering Conference brings in a diverse group of company representatives and speakers in an effort to educate and work with our engineering students. The focus of the conference is to help students recognize and learn the value of leadership skills in various engineering fields and help foster the students' skills.

The LEC is an opportunity for students to explore beyond their classes and learn how engineers lead in a variety of industries from the leaders themselves, network with experienced engineers and recruiters, and develop their own leadership skills.Caleb Goertel, 2016 LEC Chair


08:45 AM

Walk Over to LEC

09:00 AM

New Classroom Building

Registration for LEC

09:30 AM

Rachel Iwicki & Reilly McLaren

Welcome Speech

09:45 AM

Michael Fleming

Speech from Keynote Speaker

10:30 AM

Breakout Sessions

12:30 PM


01:00 PM


02:00 PM

Conclusion of LEC

What is the SEC?

The Student Engineers' Council Executive Board

The Student Engineers' Council at Virginia Tech is a non-profit organization focusing on fostering a professional and social network for students across all engineering disciplines by organizing events such as E-week, Engineering Expo, and the Leadership in Engineering Conference. The SEC aims to facilitate communication among students, design teams, employers, and the College of Engineering. Ultimately, our mission is to provide students with the tools and opportunities they need to succeed, both in and out of the classroom.

The Student Engineers' Council is devoted to giving back to the College of Engineering. The SEC annually gives design teams and engineering organizations $160,000 in the form of five different funds throughout the year. The money given to the teams each year is generated from the Engineering Exposition (Engineering Career Fair) held in the Fall semester.


How many students attend?

Typically, ~250 Virginia Tech Engineering students attend.

Why should I attend?

LEC is a chance for you to network with industry leaders and learn how they accomplished their successes.

What companies have attended?

In the past years, companies that attended the LEC were the following: Kiewit Building Group, Ford Motor Company, General Electric, Microsoft, Altria, and Eastman Chemical.

Last Year's Conference Snapshot

8:00 - 8:30 AM
Company Representatives and keynote speaker arrived and checked in; were offered breakfast and coffee.
9:00 AM
Students arrived at Goodwin Hall in business professional attire, registered, and received their schedule for the day.
9:30 AM
Opening remarks by council president, Rachel Iwicki, and the LEC Chair, Charlie Lertlumprasert.
Keynote address by James Fitts Sr., Red Team Engineering at Walmart Labs. Topics included his career, how leadership shaped and changed his various jobs, and the steps he took to cement himself as the valuable worker/technical leader he is today.
Students dispersed to attend their first of three breakout sessions with attending companies: Kiewit Building Group, Ford Motor Company, General Electric, Microsoft, Altria, and Eastman Chemical.
12:30 PM
Lunch was served in Goodwin Atrium, and networking session began.
Attendees departed, cleanup began.

Companies Attending

Capital One

Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, Capital One offers a broad array of financial products and services to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients in the U.S., Canada and the UK.

Dominion Energy

Headquartered in Richmond, VA, Dominion Energy is one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of approximately 25,700 megawatts of electric generation, 15,000 miles of natural gas transmission, gathering, storage and distribution pipeline and 6,600 miles of electric transmission and distribution lines.

United Technologies

UTC serves customers in the commercial aerospace, defense and building industries and ranks among the world's most respected and innovative companies.

General Electric

GE imagines things others don't, builds things others can't and delivers outcomes that make the world work better. GE brings together the physical and digital worlds in ways no other company can. In its labs and factories and on the ground with customers, GE is inventing the next industrial era to move, power, build and cure the world.


Our Mission is to own and develop financially disciplined businesses that are leaders in responsibly providing adult tobacco and wine consumers with superior branded products.

U.S. Department of Navy

The United States Navy (USN) is the naval warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the seven uniformed services of the United States.


Microsoft's mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.


ExxonMobil, the largest publicly traded international oil and gas company, uses technology and innovation to help meet the world's growing energy needs. We hold an industry-leading inventory of resources and are one of the world's largest integrated refiners, marketers of petroleum products and chemical manufacturers.

Contact Us

For more information about the LEC or about the Student Engineers' Council, please reach out!

Come Find Us

Student Engineers' Council
302 Whittemore Hall
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24060

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Phone: (571) 550 - 5130

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Join us now for an excellent opportunity to network with company representatives and other engineering students!

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Registration closes at October 28, 2017 on 11:59:59PM