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RISE: Resources to Inspire Successful Engineers (RISE)

Our Mission

To inspire our undergraduate engineering students from historically under-represented backgrounds to succeed at the highest levels within our programs and beyond in their careers as engineers.

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

  • 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 40 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.

Recent News

Crossing the Finish Line

Crossing the Finish Line

Mechanical engineering student Rory van der Steur spent junior year as rookie race car driver.

Contact Us

Manager: Marianne Johnson
Administrative Assistant III: M. Amber Spivey
141 DuPont Hall
Phone: 302-831-6315
Fax: 302-831-7399