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Engineering Leadership Community

Through a partnership between the College of Engineering, Residence Life, and the Student Activities Office, the Engineering Leadership Learning Community provides first year students with a well-rounded and unique experience. Engineering student organizations also interact closely with students in this community enabling connections with upper division engineering students. Students studying in any area of engineering are welcome.

"Learning Communities like the Engineering Community has made the transition from high school to college much easier; I've made a lot of new friends in similar majors, which has been great for my schoolwork. It's been a great experience!" Peter, Mechanical Engineering 

“Being in the Engineering Learning Community, we all love math and/or science! Since all of us started out at least in the engineering field we were connected by having someone in some of the same major and a lot of us in the same classes. I have seen it with my own eyes, the best of friendships have been made and it is most likely because of similar majors and seeing them all the time in classes!” Kari, Computer Engineering

Why Live in the Engineering Leadership Community

  • Academic advising in the hall
  • Unique leadership program to enhance and apply your leadership skills
  • Connections with Engineering faculty and academic advisors
  • Programs designed to utilize your engineering knowledge 

Who is Eligible

First year college students majoring in: 

  • Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Construction Engineering
  • Construction Management
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering and Management
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

Unsure of which area of engineering you want to go into? Undecided Engineering students are also welcome in this learning community.

Universal Leaders Program

You will experience an advanced leadership program which will prepare students to lead and create successful pathways throughout life. Students will learn a tremendous amount about leadership and how to apply leadership techniques to the real world. This experience was designed to ensure a student's educational journey is combined with leadership development opportunities in order to prepare students to lead today, tomorrow, and always.


  • Be majoring in a program offered by the College of Engineering
  • Register for and participate in a math course each semester based on your specific program requirements
  • Participate in the Universal Leaders Program (approximately 2 classroom hours per month)
  • Uphold the Engineering Honor System
  • Uphold the NDSU Code of Student Conduct
  • Actively support the Engineering Leadership Learning Community by participating in community events
  • Contribute to the positive welfare of the community and respect and academically support peers in the community. 

Apply Now

Applications are being accepted for students to participate and live in this community. Apply by completing this form. A confirmation email will be sent to the address you provide. 

Only students who fully complete the application will be considered to live in the Engineering Leadership Learning Community. Completion of the application does not guarantee a space. Eligible students may be assigned to a wait list and will be contacted when space becomes available.


  • Ongoing: Learning Community applications submitted after housing application is completed
  • February 28, 2019: Last date to apply for priority placement 
  • Mid-March: Learning community housing assignment confirmations emailed to students

    • Students on wait list will receive an email to participate in room self-selection 

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Scott W. Pryor, Professor; Associate Dean
NDSU College of Engineering

Engineering Administration Building
Dept 2450 | PO Box 6050 | Room 201 


Expertise Areas

  • Biofuel Production from Cellulosic Feedstocks
  • Biobased Chemicals and Materials
  • Bioprocess Engineering
  • Process Optimization
  • Solid State and Liquid Fermentation Systems
  • Research interests

Research interests

  • Interaction of biomass pretreatment and densification on enzymatic hydrolysis
  • Biomass pretreatment and fermentation for biofuel or chemical production
  • Recovery and efficacy of immobilized cellulases
  • Rapid biomass compositional analysis
  • Protein utilization for industrial bioproducts

Professional Experience

  • Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs – NDSU College of Engineering, 2017-present
  • Professor – NDSU ABEN, 2018-present
  • Associate Professor (80% Research, 20% Teaching) – NDSU ABEN, 2012-2018
  • Visiting Professor/ Fulbright Scholar – University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, 2015-2016
  • Assistant Professor (80% Research, 20% Teaching) – NDSU ABEN, 2006-2012
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate – Cargill Acidulants, Eddyville, IA, 2005
  • Environmental Engineer – Brown and Caldwell, St. Paul, MN, 1998-1999
  • Peace Corps Volunteer/Mathematics Teacher – U.S. Peace Corps, Tanzania, 1994-1997

The LAUNCH Program

The LAUNCH Program is a way to get an early start on your college experience. This program is designed for you to connect with faculty and staff in the College of Engineering, learn tools for being successful in your college experience, and become more comfortable with the NDSU campus. The two day program is packed full of sessions and events to LAUNCH you in the right direction! The dates are August 22-23, 2019.

Registration will being shortly after room selection assignments have been completed in the spring. Students wishing to participate in the LAUNCH Program must be assigned to a space in the Engineering Leadership Learning Community prior to their registration form being submitted.

LAUNCH offers a high intensity program with activities throughout both days. Students will not be able to participate in multiple programs simultaneously with LAUNCH.
Some LAUNCH activities include: networking with peers, getting familiarized with campus, hands on activities specific to your college, supporting the NDSU community through service with move-in day, hearing from college administration, staff, and upper division students, social time, and more. 

Hear what previous LAUNCH participants have said about the program:

“It helped me feel ahead of the game, as far as connections with other people, knowing the campus, and knowing what facilities are available to us students.”

“I surprisingly liked being in the move-in crew; the upperclassmen who were at the building I was assigned to make it a really positive and fun experience.”

“I got to meet a small core group of friends, which made it a lot easier to make more later on. The LAUNCH program did exactly what it said it would do for me, which is give me a head start.”


Carol Jergenson, Assistant Director for Residential Education
NDSU Residence Life

Joel Hanson, Director Student Support Center
NDSU College of Engineering


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Phone: +1 (701) 231-7557 / Fax: (701) 231-7599
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Physical/delivery address: 1415 14th St N, Fargo, ND 58102
Mailing address: NDSU Dept. 3430 / PO Box 6050 / Fargo, ND 58108-6050
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