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Dean's Leadership Institute

The Dean’s Leadership Institute is an exclusive opportunity for high-achieving students to connect and converse with industry and community executives to further develop leadership qualities. Speakers have included:

  • Wanda Austin, former president and CEO, Aerospace Corp.
  • Tom Blomquist, director and author
  • Bob Foster, former Southern California Edison president and Long Beach mayor
  • Chris Hernandez, sector vice president of research, technology, and engineering, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
  • Said Hilal, CEO, Applied Medical
  • Alan Knipe, head coach, Long Beach State 49ers men's volleyball team
  • Claire Leon, launch enterprise director, United States Air Force

Speakers share lifetime achievements and hardships, discuss characteristics that helped them develop leadership skills, and provide career advice. To take part in this invitation-only opportunity, students must be a sophomore, junior, or senior and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. The group consists of up to 30 students, who are selected based on academic achievement, leadership qualities, and ability to make a one-year commitment to participating in the Institute.

Current Members

Jalyssa Alejos

Jalyssa Alejos
Major: Aerospace Engineering

Chelsea Cameron

Chelsea Cameron
Major: Mechanical Engineering

Angela Choy

Angela Choy
Major: Chemical Engineering

Alissa Colaruotolo

Alissa Colaruotolo
Major: Computer Science

Michael Drake

Michael Drake
Major: Biomedical Engineering

Logan Furlong

Logan Furlong
Major: Mechanical Engineering

Avijit Gupta

Avijit Gupta
Major: Computer Science

Sarah Gutierrez

Sarah Gutierrez
Major: Chemical Engineering

Syphong Ha

Syphong Ha
Major: Biomedical Engineering

 Grant Haber

Grant Haber
Major: Electrical (Biomedical & Clinical)

Ian Holmes

Ian Holmes
Major: Aerospace Engineering

 Jordan Jubile

Jordan Jubile
Major: Mechanical Engineering

Diane Kim

Diane Kim
Major: Biomedical Engineering

 John Krallman

John Krallman
Major: Electrical Engineering

Noah La Barba

Noah La Barba
Major: Mechanical Engineering

 Jesse Lopez-Aguilar

Jesse Lopez-Aguilar 
Major: Computer Engineering

Ian Mackie

Ian Mackie
Major: Computer Engineering

John Nguyen

John Nguyen
Major: Civil Engineering

Paola Pepitone

Paola Pepitone
Major: Electrical Engineering

 Denil Poudel

Denil Poudel
Major: Electrical Engineering

 David Ramirez

David Ramirez
Major: Aerospace Engineering

Andrew Roder

Andrew Roder
Major: Aerospace Engineering

Rocket Romano

Rocket Romano
Major: Mechanical Engineering

Gregorio Salcido

Gregorio Salcido
Major: Mechanical Engineering

Zoe Smith

Zoe Smith
Major: Mechanical Engineering

Leela Stevens

Leela Stevens
Major: Civil Engineering

 Michael Stoughton

Michael Stoughton
Major: Aerospace Engineering

Emmanuel Torres

Emmanuel Torres
Major: Biomedical Engineering

Bennet Weiss

Bennet Weiss
Major: Mechanical Engineering

Sean Won

Sean Won
Major: Mechanical Engineering