College of Engineering

Roy and Marcia Armes Engineering Leadership Institute

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The University of Toledo’s Roy and Marcia Armes Engineering Leadership Institute (ELI) of the University of Toledo College of Engineering is committed to cultivating the leaders of tomorrow. The purpose of the Engineering Leadership Institute is to maximize members' leadership potential and professionalism by creating opportunities for our students to network with industry leaders, as well as grow through engagement in professional development activities.

Our Beginning:
ELI was launched in 2009, catalyzed by the generous philanthropic support of Roy and Marcia Armes. Mr. Roy Armes is a 1975 graduate of the UToledo College of Engineering. Today, ELI students and alumni leverage the skills they've learned in this organization to make significant societal impacts far and wide: from solving issues on the global mainstage to leading positive change in their local communities.

“The mission of the Engineering Leadership Institute is to nurture and develop a cohort of engineering graduates who are prepared to be outstanding leaders in today's dynamic professional environment and society.”

What We Do:
Members of ELI hone their leadership skills in a variety of ways. Students who go through the program:

  • Interact with local business leaders through company tours and in-person conversations.
  • Organize workshops hosted by subject matter experts on leadership topics such as Dale Carnegie training, etiquette, public speaking, entrepreneurship, engaging others, persuasion, self-assessment, and many others.
  • Experience a diverse set of cultures and schools of thought while attending domestic trips such as New York, Orlando and Chicago and international trips such as China and Europe.
  • Learn leadership skills through practice. Whether that be leading other student organizations or engaging in community projects and initiatives.
  • Analyze case studies as a group on various leadership topics.
  • Network with other highly talented students and professionals from here at UToledo to all the way around the world. 

Participating in this student-run organization entails significant responsibilities. 

Interested? We encourage you to apply to be in the next class of the Roy & Marcia Armes Engineering Leadership Institute. We are always looking for the next cohort of high-potential leaders here at UT to help them grow into the leaders of tomorrow. Apply Today!




“The University of Toledo produces outstanding graduates, including many excellent engineers. Helping students develop leadership skills, in addition to their academic skills, is an increasingly important component of education, particularly in today’s globally competitive environment. My wife [Marcia] and I feel we have been very fortunate, professionally and personally. We are pleased to be able to give back to the University, and hope that by creating the Engineering Leadership Institute, we can help others develop the necessary skills to succeed.” 
Roy Armes (BSME, ’75)
Founder of the Roy and Marcia Armes
Engineering Leadership Institute

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Last Updated: 12/5/23