The Program’s collaboration with the Wake Forest Department of Engineering began in 2018 with a two generous grants from the Kern Family Foundation and the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN). The principal investigator (PI) of the grant, founding Engineering Department Chair Olga Pierrakos, integrated leadership and character into the very heart of the engineering education experience from the beginning of the department’s inception in 2017. Since then, all engineering faculty and all engineering students have participated in these efforts. This work continues to deepen and grow in collaboration with the Program for Leadership and Character in the Professional Schools. For more details, visit the Department of Engineering’s Cultivating Leaders page.


Join us for an invigorating virtual workshop for engineering educators Tuesday May 14, 2024 from 11am to 1pm. In this workshop we will unpack the extensive research revealing what leader character is, how it can be developed, and how it can be applied in teaching and practice. We will also discuss how strengthening leader character in engineers moves beyond moral and ethics to reveal its central role in high profile cases such as Boeing.

We will be joined by Drs. Mary and Corey Crossan, two leading experts on character. To register, click here.


Olga Pierrakos


Jessica Koehler


Kyle Luthy