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Department ofElectrical and Computer Engineering

Samiha Mourad Leadership Program

Generous in her mentorship of any who sought her help, her door was always open to all. In particular, her female faculty colleagues found Sami to be a “pillar of support,” a patient listener, and a wise counselor who helped them navigate their own career paths.

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With the establishment of the Samiha Mourad Leadership Program for electrical and computer engineers, the School of Engineering will enhance its ability to cultivate the next generation of highly skilled professionals with the expertise, professional maturity, and leadership abilities our industry partners so urgently need.

Through expert panels, guest talks, workshops, and industry mentoring and networking activities, undergraduate and graduate-level electrical and computer engineering students will learn to adapt to workplace challenges while honing their communication, leadership, and problem-solving skills.

Students who take part in the Samiha Mourad Leadership Program will:

  • Hone their technical skills through real-world applications
  • Gain perspectives on emerging technologies in their fields
  • Develop stronger leadership skills and communication abilities
  • Strengthen connections within the greater Silicon Valley professional community
  • Develop a deeper understanding of the impact that technology has on society


Meet the 2021-22 SoE Fellows

2021-22 Mourad Fellows working on computers in the Electrical and Computer Engineering lab

Photographed (back to front): Keeshan Rama '24, Emma Berry '23, Terrin Cramer '23, and Sofia Brumbaugh '23.

Emma Berry '23

Why did you apply for the Mourad Leadership Program?

"I felt that as a woman in STEM (especially as one who identifies as LGBTQ+), we are quite underrepresented in our field/major... By enrolling in this program, I felt I could further-pursue my own academic goals, while possibly inspiring others like me along the way. I'm one of the only transgender women (that I'm aware of) within the School of Engineering, and I want to set a good example/inspire others like me in the future."

Sofia Brumbaugh '23

Why did you apply for the Mourad Leadership Program?

"As a woman in STEM, I have always felt that I need to work hard in my technical skills and that often leaves little time to develop the soft skills to help further my career. I also believe that connections and a good network are crucial for success today and this fellowship was a great opportunity to get connected with SCU Alumni and Professors who also are passionate about helping underrepresented communities in Electrical Engineering succeed."

Terrin Cramer '23

What is the single most valuable or important thing that you have learned or experienced through the Mourad Leadership Program?

"That you are never alone, and that if you ask there will always be people willing to help you."

Keeshan Rama '24

What have you learned from the experience of the Mourad Leadership Program?

"...Exercises like the Industry Presentation were extremely helpful because it forced us to research different paths within electrical and computer engineering that resonated with us. Additionally, I have gained access to a group of mentors that can push and mentor me in the right direction."

The Samiha Mourad Leadership Program is open to both undergraduate and graduate electrical and computer engineering students with concerted effort to recruit those from traditionally underrepresented groups, including women, minorities, and first-generation students. Students will receive an email in the spring quarter with instructions on how to apply.


You can support the Samiha Mourad Leadership Program on Day of Giving:


Contact Us

Chair: Shoba Krishnan

Administrative Assistant: Matt Maese

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053

Sobrato Discovery, Bldg. 402