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RISE: Resources to Inspire Successful Engineers

Would you like to learn more about RISE?

Students in the College of Engineering have the opportunity to participate in the RISE Program, a unique opportunity for students to gain support, build community, and access a broad network of professional and academic mentors.

The RISE Program: Celebrating 50 Years

Being in a new environment can be difficult. Can you remember a time when you were in a new place? What helped you feel more comfortable?
Being a new student on an unfamiliar campus can be difficult. The RISE Program, as part of our 50th anniversary, will once again provide students with a summer bridge program to ease the transition of being a first-year College of Engineering student. The RISE Academy is a 5-week residential program.  Students will earn up to 7 academic credits that will count toward their degree.

Students join the RISE community early and enhance their study skills to prepare them for the rigors of the academic year. Past participants formed friendships with classmates that have continued well past graduation.

Check back for opportunities to support students to attend the RISE Academy!

Our Mission

To inspire our undergraduate students from historically underrepresented backgrounds to succeed at the highest levels within our programs and beyond in their careers as engineers and computer scientists.

Who We Are

A support network consisting of faculty, academic support staff, peer mentors, and program alumni, all of whom are dedicated to the success of our RISE students.


What We Offer

Multi-faceted, personalized support from a RISE student’s first day on campus until they cross the graduation stage.

Program Elements

  • RISE Academy, a 5-week, residential, summer acclimation program
  • Monthly career-focused professional development workshops
  • Networking events with RISE alumni in industry and academia
  • Personalized academic advisement
  • Research and internship experiences
  • Peer mentoring program
  • Facilitated and drop-in study groups
  • Academic scholarship opportunities

Some of our alumni include…

Levi Thompson

Dean, College of Engineering

Kara Odom Walker

Secretary of Health & Social Services, State of Delaware

Pierre Yao

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Monique Head

Associate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering

Student Voices

“You will never know what you can handle or what you are capable of until you put yourself out there, and I believe engineering is the best field to test it out on.”

– Latifa Ali ’19

RISE Spotlight

Whether you are a Delaware resident or new to the area, you’ll feel at home in the College of Engineering. For more than 50 years, RISE has provided generations of students with a supportive community – a home away from home – focused on empowering students to succeed at UD and beyond.

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Contact Us

RISE DIrector: Noelle-Erin Romero
312 DuPont Hall
Phone: 302-831-6315
Fax: 302-831-7399