Galileo Engineering Learning Community for Men
Galileo is located on the sixth and seventh floors of Lee Hall. It focuses on issues that engineers face in the growing competitive marketplace. The program is for first-year and first-time College of Engineering students with an interest in exploring engineering, making lasting friendships, and achieving academic success.
The Galileo program is a full academic year commitment. Participants are required to enroll in a fall-semester seminar course that meets twice per week. Class topics include professional development, academic success strategies, diversity, and personal development. Student leadership is developed through community service projects that involve encouraging pre-college students to learn about engineering. Students are also block scheduled together in their first semester classes, providing an environment that complements their residential activities. During the spring semester, students are offered opportunities to continue building relationships with their peers and the Virginia Tech community.
Galileo is sponsored by the Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity.
Who Was Galileo?
Born in Pisa, Italy in 1564, Galileo was a great scientist, philosopher, and inventor. Galileo is widely regarded as the pioneer of the scientific method. His work developed the foundational ideas for Newton's laws. In referring to his dependence on Galileo's work, Newton wrote, "If I have seen further it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants."
Galileo's work consistently emphasized mathematical investigation. His way of thinking inspires us as engineers. Galileo was chosen to represent the community because he is a symbol of ingenuity, confidence, and hard work. He excelled in many different areas outside of science including music and art. He embodies personal, professional, and academic success.
For more information about Galileo Engineering Learning Community, contact Susan Arnold Christian, assistant director, Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity, at email@example.com.