Partnering with the Corporate Relations office provides opportunities to interact with the College's diverse student population and to support programs that assure the workforce of the future will truly represent the diversified nature of your company.

Illinois Connections in Engineering

Illinois Connections in Engineering (ICE) is a rigorous program for students from underrepresented populations designed to assist students' adjustment to college so they begin the school year with a running start. Preparatory courses in math, chemistry, physics, CAD modeling, and computer programming give the students a sense of the level and pace of university coursework and develop a skill set of academic strategies for success.

Morrill Engineering Program

The Morrill Engineering Program (MEP) works to attract and retain qualified students from underrepresented groups in engineering by providing academic support, scholarships, community, and other services. Activities such as the annual MEP Awards Banquet in late spring recognize the academic and leadership achievements of the students in the program. Attendance is generally around 350 students, alumni, corporate representatives, and College faculty and staff.

Women in Engineering

Women in Engineering (WIE) provides a welcome and supportive environment for women students in the College of Engineering. Companies participate in programs to recruit, engage, and retain female students by providing funds for scholarships and other programs, serving as mentors to female students, and participating in WIE activities and events. Some companies sponsor or participate in Freshman Camp, the WIE freshman orientation program. This program, which takes place in August before classes start, enables the female students to get acquainted with one another and to develop a supportive community.