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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

Katheryn Chea

Katheryn Chea
Major: Mechanical Engineering

Shannon Chen

Shannon Chen
Major: Mechanical Engineering

Aaron Dao

Aaron Dao
Major: Computer Science

Loren dela Rosa

Loren dela Rosa
Major: Chemical Engineering

Michael Drake

Michael Drake
Major: Electrical (Biomedical & Clinical)

Francisco Gallegos

Francisco Gallegos
Major: Chemical Engineering

Adam Grosvirt-Dramen

Adam Grosvirt-Dramen
Major: Chemical Engineering

Matthew Hoffman

Matthew Hoffman
Major: Aerospace Engineering

William Hovik

William Hovik
Major: Mechanical Engineering

Talha Karwa

Talha Karwa
Major: Electrical (Biomedical & Clinical)

Mia Lai

Mia Lai
Major: Electrical (Biomedical & Clinical)

Griffin Miller

Griffin Miller
Major: Mechanical Engineering

Daniel Mittelstein

Daniel Mittelstein
Major: Mechanical Engineering

Kade Peich

Kade Peich
Major: Aerospace Engineering

Andrew Roder

Andrew Roder
Major: Aerospace Engineering

Rocket Romano

Rocket Romano
Major: Mechanical Engineering

Emily Sanders

Emily Sanders
Major: Mechanical Engineering

Blake Spangenberg

Blake Spangenberg
Major: Computer Engineering

Thomas Swaney

Thomas Swaney
Major: Aerospace Engineering

Aminah Tamimi

Aminah Tamimi
Major: Mechanical Engineering

Edward Thai

Edward Thai
Major: Chemical Engineering

Annas Tohmeh

Annas Tohmeh
Major: Electrical (Biomedical & Clinical)

Jennifer Vinh

Jennifer Vinh
Major: Chemical Engineering