RISE: Resources to Inspire Successful Engineers (RISE)

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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

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UD research could expand the use of artificial intelligence on internet-of-things hardware.

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Contact Us

Manager: Marianne Johnson
Administrative Assistant III: Open
141 DuPont Hall
Phone: 302-831-6315
Fax: 302-831-7399